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D2X Total Darkness Shot

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR Forum' started by jfenton, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    In case you missed the post I pout up in the general forum yesterday, i thought that as fellow D2X shooters you might find this interesting.

    The wife and I were at the beach last month to shoot moonrise, however it was obscured by a thin layer of clouds...so I turned the camera on us!

    It was 9:58 PM and the sun had officially set an hour and a half prior....

    This was shot at ISO 800.....f2.8 a THIRTY second exposure and an EV of +5.0! No noise reduction was used. This was shot as a NEF....converted to .jpeg in NC...sent to PSCS for resizing and enough USM applied to overcome the anti-aliasing filter (this was done in NC).

    I was rather surprised that not only were were able to sit still for what seemed like an eternity (30 seconds) but that it lit us up with this exposure and even picked up shadows!

    Nothing special....just interesting.

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  2. Hey I know that guy, pretty darn cool you nd the misses sure were able to sit still longer than I could
  3. Real surprising results. Does it ever look like a sunset shot.
    It is amazing what the 2x can do.

    So where are the moonrise shots?

  4. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  5. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA

    Hi Paul...it was pitch black outside except for the moon which was big and yellow but definitely obscured by the clouds.

    Believe it or not..the camera actually autofocused on my wife when she lit a lighter...soi I set it on self timer and scrambles to get in front of it before the shutter tripped...and that was it.
  6. MontyDog


    Jan 30, 2005
    #1064 - You have an error in your SQL syntax;
  7. Steve S

    Steve S

    Feb 1, 2005
    SE Florida
    If I didn't hear it from you, Jim,

    I would've never believed it. What's even more amazing, are the actual shadows present in the shot. How do you explain that?
  8. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hi Steve

    Any light source will give shadows...and the moon is no different from the sun...just more dimmerererer :) 
  9. Jim, my gosh that lens is huge. What size is that lens? It practically takes up your wife's lap.
  10. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hi Catz

    A regular old Nikon 500mm AFS.
    The hoods they put on them are what really makes them so huge looking.
  11. pbenedic


    Mar 9, 2005
    Why didn't you smile?
    Just kidding.
    Cool how there are shadows, just like it was taken in daylight.
    Neat post.
  12. jfenton


    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    I didn't smile because

    I was afraid of moving!

    My wife had alrewady had a few drinks and the smile was permanently affixed so in her case, she wasn't going to move anyway :) 
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