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Jun 24, 2013 14:30 |  #61

Was out at Joshua Tree National Park here in CA but clouds came in...


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Jun 24, 2013 16:15 |  #62

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A good first try! My first one was a white ball, ha.

If I could make a suggestion or two for next time - with a 70-200L you can shoot that baby wide open and it will still be really sharp. Stopping down all the way to f/16 is to far, it can actually introduce other issues if you stop down that much. Getting those stops back will let you use a faster shutter, which is critical when shooting handheld with no IS and/or let you use a lower ISO to reduce noise (although the moon is pretty forgiving of noise it seems). Finally, I can't tell if it's because of an aggressive crop or your settings when saving, but it has some macroblocking (you can see it around the "seas" especially) where there is a lot of jpeg compression artifacts. You could back the crop off and check your settings when saving and make sure it's set to a high quality.

Thanks for the tips - very much appreciated. I'll look into macroblocking. It was a bit of an aggressive crop to get a bigger moon :-( and maybe for that reason the size of the .jpg export from LR was not as big as I expected even thought I had export quality at 100. Thanks again Keyan - I really appreciate the advice.


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Jun 24, 2013 17:28 |  #63
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I didn't have any problems from using a f/16 stop. I still was able to use a fast shutter speed with a 200 ISO. It was a little darker than it should have been at that setting but it was obvious I was never going to get a good shot through the haze anyway. I have some video I shot of the moon several years ago that is much sharper than the images I got this weekend. It was super clear at that time. Shooting through the haze is just something that's hard to do and of course a filter not only doesn't help but it introduces a "second moon" in the image from the refraction. I shot some stills with my video camera that were better than what I got with my T3 too. That was really strange - and sorta frustrating. I was really hoping for some good images but clouds blocked everything near the horizon so I couldn't show how big it really looked and haze made anything high in the sky look like it was shot with my daughter's Barbie digital camera she got about 20 years ago. :( Well maybe not quite that bad. ;)




  
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Jun 24, 2013 18:16 |  #64

I'm not much of an astronomy photographer but I thought this was too good of a opportunity to miss. I missed the peak by one night due to storms in my area but we went out the night after and did some shooting. Had a great time, there isn't much better than a night in a field in Kentucky with some friends, good beer, and a gorgeous gigantic moon to shoot at.

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Jun 24, 2013 18:55 |  #65

Keyan wrote in post #16060686 (external link)
A good first try! My first one was a white ball, ha.

If I could make a suggestion or two for next time - with a 70-200L you can shoot that baby wide open and it will still be really sharp. Stopping down all the way to f/16 is to far, it can actually introduce other issues if you stop down that much. Getting those stops back will let you use a faster shutter, which is critical when shooting handheld with no IS and/or let you use a lower ISO to reduce noise (although the moon is pretty forgiving of noise it seems). Finally, I can't tell if it's because of an aggressive crop or your settings when saving, but it has some macroblocking (you can see it around the "seas" especially) where there is a lot of jpeg compression artifacts. You could back the crop off and check your settings when saving and make sure it's set to a high quality.

Here's one I got last year with a Canon 70-200 F4 L IS. It was on a tripod, AF off, IS off. F11, 1/125, ISO 200. F11 seems to be it's sweet spot for the moon. It was a very clear, cold night.




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Jun 24, 2013 19:01 |  #66

solepatch wrote in post #16061405 (external link)
I'm not much of an astronomy photographer but I thought this was too good of a opportunity to miss. I missed the peak by one night due to storms in my area but we went out the night after and did some shooting. Had a great time, there isn't much better than a night in a field in Kentucky with some friends, good beer, and a gorgeous gigantic moon to shoot at.

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Like this one, the moon is clear and crisp. I do think it could be a tad brighter though.




  
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Jun 24, 2013 19:09 |  #67
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airbutchie wrote in post #16056960 (external link)
The 2013 "Super Moon"...

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Now that's a great photo. I was able to get mountains and a lot of craters with my video camera a few years ago but I had a much longer lens for it plus a 2X converter and it was very clear that night. It seems like the real test is getting to see those mountains above the curve of the moon on the south side. If it looks jagged instead of round and smooth you know you have a keeper. I got some of that with my video camera but not nearly as much as you did.

Again, that's a great shot.




  
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Jun 24, 2013 20:22 as a reply to  @ post 16059535 |  #68

A better shot than my first one:

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Jun 24, 2013 20:23 |  #69

Took this one just before Midnight local last night.
T4i + 100-400mm + 1.4x = 560mm @ 1/125, f/11, ISO 200

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Jun 24, 2013 20:40 as a reply to  @ post 16060764 |  #70

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I got this one Saturday. Sunday was covered with clouds.
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Nice composite but the moon should be brighter than the one you placed . Also all the clouds in the back ground ... , cannot be behind the moon . Proof is in the image above ^^^^ by Keyan . That is a proper image with clouds in the sky .

I agree Ron, at first glance there were things about this image that struck me as not natural....

trailguy, how'd you compose this image?


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Jun 24, 2013 23:04 as a reply to  @ mtbdudex's post |  #71

My cat was enjoying the Supermoon, and wasn't too happy about me taking pictures.

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Jun 24, 2013 23:08 |  #72

mtbdudex wrote in post #16061722 (external link)
I agree Ron, at first glance there were things about this image that struck me as not natural....

trailguy, how'd you compose this image?

Yeah, I hate to pile on, but just show us your moon shot without the composite part. For a full moon the sun has to also be directly behind, which if you look at the sky and boat it is actually off to the right of the image, and there is no moon reflection on the water. It is a neat idea but personally I think it is distracting from the moon.


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Jun 25, 2013 11:08 |  #73

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Congrats on being photo #9 in the CNN report!
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Jun 25, 2013 11:50 |  #74

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Congrats on being photo #9 in the CNN report!
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hahaha thank you mtbdudex. They didn't select my tight shot that I posted earlier on this thread but only the other shot from my 2nd body. Funny thing though I didnt post process this shot, I just export it right away and send it to CNN together with the tight shot that I post process. But anyway I'm happy that they selected my post.


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Jun 25, 2013 12:38 |  #75

Yep, congrats, when I saw the pic I thought "that looks pretty familiar...I hope someone didn't rip off his shot"


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