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Need help with Moon Shots

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by pr549f2678, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    If this is not the right thread, please move.

    Just got the 70-300vr and for fun last night tried shooting the moon.
    It's not as plain as soom I have seen, what am I doing wrong?

    Manual, 1/125, f/7.1, 300mm, ISO 400, VR off using a tripod.


    2nd shot:

    Manual, 1/250, F/7.1,300mm, ISO 400, VR off using a tripod.


    What do I need to do?

  2. I'm not 100% sure cause ive never done it, but i would imagine a ton of DoF?
  3. Zee71


    Apr 1, 2007
    Queens, NY
    Based on the settings you have I would use a quicker shutter speed or adjust the exposure compensation so it's underexposed. Also, just curious...........are you using a shutter release? If not, I would recommend acquiring one, and also shoot with the mirror up (this reduces some vibration when the shutter is released Having a sturdy tripod helps too, I had a so-so tripod which didn't dampen any vibration.
  4. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    300mm is not really enough for quality moon shots. Since the 70-300vr doesn't accept TCs, you really have the wrong lens to be able to do this, that's the short answer.

    Don't feel to bad though, I've had a tough time with a 200-400VR and 1.4 TC It's not easy to meter properly I found.

    Your 70-200 with a 2.0 TC might help pull it in. That gets you 400 and with DX is of course, an advantage.
  5. JohnK


    Aug 6, 2006
    Pacific NW
    Use ISO 100, the full moon is very bright you need to expose it like you would something in the daytime.

    Something like this should work better for you:
    1/320th, F/8, ISO 100
    1/200th, F/8, ISO 200

    Then you'll want to crop it to really see the details.
  6. The moon is lit by direct sunlight. The "sunny 16 rule" would apply. With a full moon and ISO 400 I would start at an exposure of 1/400 at f11. On tripod, mirror lockup and remote release.
  7. Pixelographer


    Dec 22, 2006
    Suggest you leave it on center metering, use about -1.7 ev, then adjust as needed. Aperture less important here, I think. Also, using shadow/highlights tool or curves in PS helps bring out the appropriate amount of detail.
  8. I also agree with JohnK 100 ISO would be better.
  9. Latens


    Oct 18, 2006
    From a recent experience, testing my "new" 300/4 IF ED here's a sample:
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    From your posts I think you overexposed it.

  10. Nice exposure Paulo.
  11. Recent shot I took of the full moon with my 300 F4 tripod and timer
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    ISO1000 F5.6 1/8000
  12. jwm6780


    Aug 16, 2008
    North Carolina
    Also one I took with a 300 f4 last November.

    Cropped in Photoshop.

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  13. aldirtfarmer


    May 2, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Try mreclipse.com This site has good instructions for both full moon as well as eclipses which can be used for phases of the moon.

    The full moon can be accurately spot metered, but for other phases I'd use Fred's settings.
  14. tektite


    Jan 23, 2006
    SE NH
    You must underexpose the Moon. Just start off with -4 and experiment with exposure until you get it right. Nice to have digital and not film!
    Yes, 300mm is not going to be long enough.
    Good luck,

  15. Jim_C


    Aug 17, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    But if you are willing to live with a heavy crop (for on screen use), you can usable full moon shot with the 70-300 VR on a DX body.

    300mm, f/8, 1/250 second, ISO 100

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  16. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    Thanks all for your help and advise, I will try what was suggested.

  17. AndyE


    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
    this was from the partial eclipse 2 days ago. Basically it's a 100% crop, I didn't have enough reach. :wink:
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    the nice thing with the moon is here, down on good ol' earth. Take your wide angle and capture the moon light scenery around you :biggrin:

    Same night, moonlight, about 2am in the morning
    View attachment 240426

    View attachment 240427

    View attachment 240428

    regards, Andy
  18. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    Those are outstanding shots, the moon is so clear never seen one like it,
    the night shots are also very nice.
    Thanks for the input.

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