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Oct 2, 2020 08:50:09   #
Xanadu Loc: Vermont
Looking for advice as to what I might have done to make the moon less fuzzy.


Oct 2, 2020 08:57:48   #
Frank Basile Loc: Hudson Valley NY
I shot mine at f8, 1/200 sec, iso 200 came out pretty good

Oct 2, 2020 08:58:23   #
BryGuy Loc: Buckeye, AZ
I am thinking this is because your are shooting for the foreground. Set your aperture and ISO for the moon. This will cause foreground to be incredibly underexposed, but you can adjust in post or take this photo and layer the two.

Oct 2, 2020 09:16:30   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
This is gorgeous! Great mood, exposure and foreground - including the moonlight reflecting on the water. IMO the "fuzziness" is simply atmosphere, haze etc.

I have photographed a lot of moons on the horizon and the only sharp ones are when there are zero clouds, dry conditions and more light (shot at sunrise).

A different exposure will present other challenges, as mentioned. This photo is natural-looking and, did I say this already, gorgeous

Oct 2, 2020 09:19:01   #
That could maybe possibly be blooming, where the oversaturated pixels bleed over into neighboring pixels. You'd have to lower the exposure so the moon was not oversaturated, maybe shoot HDR if your camera has that feature, or combine several images in lightroom or Photoshop or similar programs.

Oct 2, 2020 09:33:15   #
Linda From Maine Loc: Yakima, Washington
Frank Basile wrote:
I shot mine at f8, 1/200 sec, iso 200 came out pretty good
If well after sunset, that would likely make the foreground pure black, except for faint moonlight reflections on the water and a visible house light or two. Low angle of moon with landscape is far different from shooting just the moon higher in the sky.

Oct 2, 2020 09:45:28   #
R.G. Loc: Scotland
Xanadu wrote:
Looking for advice as to what I might have done to make the moon less fuzzy.

Shoot on a clearer night.

Oct 2, 2020 09:47:59   #
Delderby Loc: Derby UK
Beautiful shot. The hazy moon gives the scene just the right 'feel'. Exposure is spot on.

Oct 2, 2020 10:45:30   #
BigDaddy Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
Xanadu wrote:
Looking for advice as to what I might have done to make the moon less fuzzy.

I like the fuzziness, it looks like it belongs there, along with the highlighted clouds.

I don't like the brightness of the moon, it looks almost like the sun. I would lower the exposure of the moon a tad. You could do that in post, or when taking the photo, bracketing, or raw, or maybe HDR. If it were my photo, I'd load it in Affinity, use the developer tool, paint the moon with the overlay brush and adjust the moon until I was happy, which wouldn't take much, the picture is already fantastic.

Also, I notice some debris in the sky when in full screen. I might remove that as well.

Oct 2, 2020 14:29:46   #
qasas3251 Loc: Shippensburg, PA
I think it an awesome shot. I love the way the moon light reflects off the water. This would be a great shot at sun rise too. My only tweak I might make in post processing is to lighten it a touch. Not much I too think that the way it is shot is beautiful.

Oct 2, 2020 17:06:51   #
Xanadu Loc: Vermont
Thanks everyone.

Oct 3, 2020 10:44:43   #
PhotogHobbyist Loc: Bradford, PA
Just my thoughts, but to me it looks like the focus point was more on the foreground than the background. For some reason I cannot view the exif data of your photo (maybe lack of know how) but maybe focusing a little deeper into the scene and a smaller aperture with a longer exposure would have done some to improve the overall DOF.

I do like the photo. I see it as well composed and exposed. I also like the subject matter. Again the above critique is just my humble opinion.

Oct 3, 2020 11:31:35   #
qasas3251 Loc: Shippensburg, PA
Well I truely appr your advice and humble opinion. This is just one of those shots I have been chasing on my own and getting frustrated. So any advice, critique, or comments are very welcome. I'm just a hobbyists and truely love photography. For me when I get my head in the camera all my troubles and worries seem to fade away.

Thanks all for your help.

Oct 3, 2020 23:34:42   #
Reuss Griffiths Loc: Ravenna, Ohio
I'd take a properly exposed picture of the moon higher in the sky, then cut and paste it into this image and see what it looks like. If it matches the image in your minds eye, keep it. If not, everyone has a great idea that won't work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Oct 4, 2020 14:34:09   #
qasas3251 Loc: Shippensburg, PA
There has been something gained here. I've received a lot of good advice and ideas. All in all I've learned from all of you. Thank you for all your time and knowledge. It is truely appreciated.

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