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10th of February 2009 (Tue), 06:33
Couldn’t shoot the moon last night, I was using my Canon XS, tried 18-55mm lens, & 75-300mm zoom lens, I tried the auto mode, landscape mode, & the night portrait mode, it looked good through the view finder, but the pics looked a fuzzy/blurry. I even brought out the tripod, to no avail, did I miss something? Please don’t beat me up to much, still kind of new to this, but I want to learn.
10th of February 2009 (Tue), 06:43
Manual mode, ISO 200, f/16, 1/200th second @ 300mm. Put it on your tripod, auto-timer, mirror lock-up. Try this for a start :) - the moon is a particularly tricky for your camera to meter properly with all the blackness around it, but we know it's in full sunlight, so it's a reasonably predictable shot for Manual mode.
If you're autofocusing, have the middle point selected rather than all of them- though this shouldn't really matter too much.
12th of February 2009 (Thu), 09:38
The moon is half the brightness of the sun.
I was told the rule of thumb is ISO 100 then shutter of like 1/100 at like f13 or so.
I had to play around with a it a bit but at ISO 100 with a fstop of 13 at about 1/50 shutter I got this photo of the moon
13th of February 2009 (Fri), 08:25
The moon is half the brightness of the sun.Shurely shome mishtake. The Sun is about 450,000 times brighter than the Moon.
13th of February 2009 (Fri), 10:04
Perhaps he meant it's half as bright as a sunny day, or something like that.
4th of March 2009 (Wed), 19:43
Onyxdragun is "spot on"! The settings he suggested worked great. Thanks!
Canon 40D,300mm at F13,ISO 100, 1/50 sec,Gitzo tripod,remote trigger
14th of March 2009 (Sat), 16:11
Nice capture, NovaTJ.
16th of March 2009 (Mon), 21:01
Thanks! I was hoping to catch a full moon this past weekend, but then the clouds rolled in...story of my life!:cry:
17th of March 2009 (Tue), 10:42
I was trying to get some pics this morning, using a more open aperture of 5.6 and fast shutter speed of 1/160 or 1/200. They kept coming out kind of blurry though... I was using a 55-250 at 250mm, IS turned off, on an 055xprob/488rc2. I wonder if hanging my bag on the 'pod would help? Here are a couple of the 'better' ones from this morning:
17th of March 2009 (Tue), 14:58
They look great...just wish they were at a higher resolution so I could zoom in.
18th of March 2009 (Wed), 06:54
Here are links to the originals:
18th of March 2009 (Wed), 20:57
Thanks for the link! They are a little off-focus, but still nice captures. To get my shot above, I used the live view function on my 40D and zoomed in to achieve the sharpest focus. I did not see any wobble in your shots so I doubt it's camera shake causing the blur.
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