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Jun 3, 2020 00:34:12   #
DDillon Loc: Pinehurst, TX
 
Need advice on how to get better focus and detail - certain area on which to focus?
Advice on how to get more color.

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Jun 3, 2020 00:37:49   #
Horatio
 
That looks spectacular! I think you did a excellent job on this image. Unfortunately, I am unable to offer any advice.

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Jun 3, 2020 01:14:45   #
SuperflyTNT Loc: Manassas VA
 
There really isn’t much color to get. For sharpness use a tripod and don’t shoot wide open.

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Jun 3, 2020 01:29:00   #
Pablo8 Loc: Nottingham UK.
 
Looks pretty OK to me. Focus / detail, sharp enough. What area did you focus on. It has worked. What colour do you think is missing?

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Jun 3, 2020 01:42:50   #
Basil Loc: Gone
 
Hard to tell about focus without seeing the full size image (try storing original when you upload). When I shoot the moon, I use manual focus and "live view" on the camera, not auto focus. Then, I Zoom in as much as I can and manuallly adjust focus and find some crater edge or other prominant feature to concentrate on to get the focus as sharp as possible while zoomed in.

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Jun 3, 2020 03:49:54   #
flathead27ford Loc: Colorado, North of Greeley
 
I like it just the way it is.

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Jun 3, 2020 05:47:19   #
Ava'sPapa Loc: Cheshire, Ct.
 
DDillon wrote:
Need advice on how to get better focus and detail - certain area on which to focus?
Advice on how to get more color.


June 1st. taffthetooth posted an outstanding photo of the moon.

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Jun 3, 2020 06:45:42   #
Sirsnapalot Loc: Hammond, Louisiana
 
DDillon wrote:
Need advice on how to get better focus and detail - certain area on which to focus?
Advice on how to get more color.


Well done, that is about as much color as you will get, unless you shoot it closer to the horizon where you’ll get an atmospheric filter affect.

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Jun 3, 2020 07:26:36   #
Notorious T.O.D. Loc: Harrisburg, North Carolina
 
Not a lot more color to get in my opinion. Sometimes sharpness can be impacted by the atmospheric conditions. I can suggest that you invest $10 in the PhotoPills app if you don’t have it. Tons of good tools and information there...

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Jun 3, 2020 11:16:24   #
larryepage Loc: Collin County, Texas
 
DDillon wrote:
Need advice on how to get better focus and detail - certain area on which to focus?
Advice on how to get more color.


The moon is not a colorful place. Lunar material, which you should be able to able to see if you visit NASA in Houston, tends to be a neutral gray color, with some specular highlights (sparkles). The photographs brought back from the lunar surface usually showed a slight yellow or orange cast. I usually use "Sunlight" white balance...probably somewhere around a color temperature of 5800K or so.

I would have liked to be able to zoom the image (which is why folks are suggesting that you select "Store Original"), but the impression we get is that you have captured a nice image with good focus and little or no camera motion.

It will be difficult to do much better for the next 4 or 5 days. As the moon is full, the lighting becomes straight on and very flat, with a lot of loss of surface detail. Your exposure looks reasonably close to correct. If you back off by a half stop or maybe a little more, you might like the results a little better. There are a couple of posts from a year or so ago where we discussed exposure. A search should turn them up. Remember...daylight on the moon is the same as daylight on earth. So use similar exposure. I usually start at 1/400 second at f11 if using ISO 400. As the moon gets more overhead, less exposure is needed. And atmospheric conditions can make a difference also.

The moon is so far away that it doesn't matter where you focus. The 900 miles or so of difference in distance to the middle versus the edge is insignificant compared to the 240,000 miles distance to the moon. So pick the area where you can make the best judgments and focus on that.

I'd encourage you to approach this as an experiment. Don't get too rigid, and don't get too locked in on any particular set of exposure settings.

Have fun.

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Jun 4, 2020 01:53:14   #
Dr.Nikon Loc: Honolulu Hawaii
 
Well.., first of all .. , download version is a must ...In order to critique .., other than that ...bracketing ISO ....125-400 ... F8-F11
.., I See your camera and the lens you used 3.5-5.6 zoom max 300mm .., I would suggest a bit more reach to get a more clearer shot .., 500mm or ... And then the rest is up to photo programs to edit ..assuming the regular requirements have been met .tripod ..mirror up .., electronic shutter etc ..

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Jun 4, 2020 05:40:48   #
Pablo8 Loc: Nottingham UK.
 
Dr.Nikon wrote:
Well.., first of all .. , download version is a must ...In order to critique .., other than that ...bracketing ISO ....125-400 ... F8-F11
.., I See your camera and the lens you used 3.5-5.6 zoom max 300mm .., I would suggest a bit more reach to get a more clearer shot .., 500mm or ... And then the rest is up to photo programs to edit ..assuming the regular requirements have been met .tripod ..mirror up .., electronic shutter etc ..


Where did you get the information regarding equipment and exposure?

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Jun 4, 2020 07:18:35   #
cburgmike Loc: Pittsburgh
 
Pablo8 wrote:
Where did you get the information regarding equipment and exposure?


Even when you don't offer the photo as a download, when a person right clicks the pic and selects "save image as" you can save the photo and then right click to see the details. Canon 5D, 1/125, ISO100 etc

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Jun 4, 2020 09:20:38   #
Wanda Krack Loc: Tennessee, USA
 
Larryepage gave you good advice. A professional photographer once told me to use the settings of f-16, speed of 1/250th of a sec. and spot focus, or manual focus. I have discovered this is not an always setting, but a good place to start. Live view manual focusing is good advice. I agree that where you focus doesn't matter as much as getting the exposure correct. You can make the ISO flexible.

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Jun 6, 2020 12:38:25   #
Electric Gnome Loc: Norwich UK
 
I find a full moon is the worst for detail as the light is better when it is at an oblique angle from the sun. I also find the darker the sky and the brighter the moon, the worse the detail. My more detailed results have come from partial moon, or moon in the late evening while still some light in the sky. You can enhance the detail by taking multiple images and stacking in a program like PIPP.

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