Full moon tonight!!!!!

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Full moon tonight!!!!!

Quick...someone tell me how to expose for the moon? Lol I tried doing some shots last night but all turned out ... I don't now... fuzzy. I don't have a good zoom lens but I set my camera on a tripod and shot through my upstairs (opened and so cold!!) window. I thought I would get OK shots but none were good enough. I saw no detail of the moon. Nothing. No matter what I did. Ugh! I am going to try again tonight if the sky is clear enough for a good shot. if not then I won't worry about it I guess. Smile i know you gals will get great shots though!!! I'm so jealous! I wish I had a good zoom lens Sad I only have my tamron. I have a canon 17-85mm lens but it sucks at focusing.

eta: I made the mistake of shooting in jpeg last night Sad bummer!!!! I'll try again tonight if its a clear sky. see? No detail Sad I wanted to get the cool looking clouds too but I guess I can only go for the moon huh?


full moon by loidaeg, on Flickr

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stalking for a reply. the moon looked amazing last night and I would love to give it a try.

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Use spot metering and expose for the moon itself. If you use evaluated metering, the moon will be too bright and blown.

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so just expose for the moon and that's it? i guess i should forget about any surrounding clouds huh? Smile since the moon IS what I want to capture.

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I'm excited about tonight's super moon...gonna use it as my 365 image. It will be my first real attempt at a moon photo. Thanks for posting about your difficulty. Off to research how to get a great moon shot.

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I should probably do some research too and soon since it's already dark here. Should be seeing the moon in a couple of hours! Biggrin i'm too lazy to look up anything though lol

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it's probably too late for you Loida, but I always use an aperture of at least 8. adjust the ISO to compensate, but remember that you'll want the spot metering. that bright orb with the night sky really throws off the light meter!

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I DID IT!!!! I TOOK PICTURES OF THE MOON WITH...... MY POINT AND SHOOT!!! Lol :lol: Lol

I got super frustrated with my dslr and my crappy no zoom lenses. I wasn't getting what I wanted. Then I remembered the AWESOME ZOOM my P&S has and I set THAT up on the tripod, set it to Manual mode, spot metering, timer that took 3 shots at the same time... yeah!!! I'm very satisfied with my results Smile Never underestimate the power of a Point and Shoot! Wink hahaha!


Moon! by loidaeg, on Flickr

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Loida, yours is better than mine. Too much haze here to get anything really good Sad

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Here's what the Supermoon looked like here in Pennsylvania tonight:

This is the best moon shot I've ever gotten. I used my 70-300 and shot at 300mm. Unfortunately, given the light situations, auto focus doesn't work. As a result, all my moon shots are on the soft side. This one's the most in focus one I've gotten to date.

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Great shot Krista!

After I posted my last one the clouds finally lifted and I got a better one. Still not the best, but better!

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Yes Loida you have to meter for the moon and I have to usually ignore my light meter and just go with a high aperture # (at least 8 but I think I used a lot smaller ap tonight) and a fast enough shutter to get the details and no blur.

In order to get clouds surrounding the moon, you have to blow the moon; but you could always merge two shots--one metered for the moon and one for the clouds Smile

Here is are mine, taken with my Fuji S5100 + telephoto converter.

The moon wasn't that much bigger than usual in my opinion, but still beautiful of course.
I can't wait to have a good telephoto for my Canon sometime soon!

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my favorite shots from this evening:

Long exposure shot. Never knew I could get lens flare from the moon!

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That 1st one is amazing, love it!

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awesome shots everyone!!! Smile I'm not even going to post the ones I got on my canon Lol They are so sad compared to the ones I got on my P&S! Which btw, my pictures are not cropped Smile I am starting to love my p&s Blum 3

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Here's what the supermoon looked like in the UK last night at about 8.30pm

Full Moon Rising

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I just love seeing the variations in position of the craters. Even Amber's in CA is slightly different than PA's. But look at Krista's and mine, we are both in PA but on opposite sides of the state (I think), and there's even a pretty noticeable difference in ours! And look at the UK and Norway positions, so cool!

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Loida...what is your p&s? Is that a digital zoom? I think you'd still have to consider something taken with digital zoom as cropped since that is how digital zoom works. It's an in camera crop, but it's still a crop.

I had lots of trouble with my Canon too. The first 10 photos I took were so blurry. Couldn't figure it out. The settings were all just perfect, and I was mounted on a good tripod. All the shots were just blurry.

Then, DH suggested I move the whole opperation over about 10 yards and that did it. I think that perhaps the ground was more solid in the new spot...or that maybe the house I was next to at first was giving off some vibration or something. I may never know...but I do know that those 10 yards made a world of difference. Amazing!

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I don't know but it's just a regular point and shoot with zoom Smile I don't really care though. I was just happy to get an up close shot of the moon! I won't be able to afford a good zoom lens for a couple of years I think :-?

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Wow, all of those moon shots are fantastic! So beautiful with all the detail -- amazing!!!