Hand Held Moon

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I am not touting this image as a great moon shot, especially with all the fine ones that have been posted here. The thing that is interesting is that I shot it hand held with my 300mm f2.8 lens and then had to crop it severly to make it big enough to view on this forum.

100% crop of moon, ISO 200, f2.8.

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Thanks Patrick, Dave and Chris. I didn't even know that hand holding a shot of the moon was possible but thought I would give it a try just for kicks. It was shot at ISO 200, f2.8, at 1600/sec. on a very clear night. Dave, there was no manipulation of the background in PS so what you see is what you get.
 
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Gordon:

That is incredible for a handheld shot! I am really impressed :cool: :biggrin:
 
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Gordon,

I'm going to have to join the bandwagon of very impressed people here. I've attempted shooting at the moon several times with a 300 f/4 with and without TC's, but always with a tripod. Never have gotten anything like that, regardless of crop! You're making me want to try again...

Great shot!
 
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This is so clear. A perfect exposure, and... hand held ! I'm impressed too by the clear sky you had. These are not the conditions we city folks can even dream of.
 
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Elf_8 said:
This is so clear. A perfect exposure, and... hand held ! I'm impressed too by the clear sky you had. These are not the conditions we city folks can even dream of.
Christian, the clear sky comes from a lack of light pollution and the dry air in the desert where I live. Thanks for your comments.
 
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DavidM said:
Gordon,

I'm going to have to join the bandwagon of very impressed people here. I've attempted shooting at the moon several times with a 300 f/4 with and without TC's, but always with a tripod. Never have gotten anything like that, regardless of crop! You're making me want to try again...

Great shot!
Yes, give it another try David. It was a nice clear night here in St. George but I really didn't take any particular pains in doing this shot. I just walked outside with my dog so that he could pee and pointed up at the sky and made the shot. I did have to adjust my shooting speed twice because of overexposure. I ended up at 1/1600 of a sec. at f2.8. It was all over in less than 5 minutes. Thanks for looking and for your comments.
 
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Wow. Human Tripod. I will look for clone's of you on sale at B&H!

That is pretty good HH. I just took some of the moon a couple nights ago with my 70-300 I do not think they came out as sharp as yours. I post it here just for comparison. Also, severly cropped and no where near as sharp as yours. Darn-it and I used a tripod.'

So I guess a 300 2.8 is much sharper than my 70-300? Or maybe I just suck at moon shots? Hopefully, the difference in quality of the lenses shows. OK-I want a 300 2.8 too. The list of lenses grows even more. It would be interesting to see a full moon shot with a 70-200 VR and perhaps a 200-400 VR and one more the 80-400 VR. I am hoping to get the 80-400 VR as my next lens purchase.

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Gordon,

This is excellent especially since it was handheld. I'm impressed !!!

Here is mine taken in June05. This one was taken on the tripod with 1/160 f/8 at 200mm

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