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  • Posted Feb. 20, 2011 by Lynda Viewed 4730 times

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Couldn't resist having another go at the moon. This is my 2nd attempt and a bit similar to my shots last month but I tweaked the colour a bit.

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    • # Moira

      great and voting for this
      although Stefan has all the technical tips about getting the moon perfect I like the dreamy colours and atmosphere in your shot

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    • # Sara G

      The moon is always beautiful however you shoot it :-) Nice work.. All I did was shoot before it got dark and it came out fine..

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    • # Sadhya Rippon

      It is, as Stefan says, a very difficult subject. I tried several nights to shoot the full moon, with very poor results.
      Although this shot lacks detail in the moon itself, it makes up for it in atmosphere.

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    • # Kate

      I actually quite like the grainy sky as it gives a spooky kind of atmosphere. I like the composition of the shot too

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    • # Karman

      I like the way the one branch almost touches the moon and then drops off as if it has been melted.

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    • # Stefan Fletcher

      As you have no doubt noticed by now, shooting the moon is rather problematic, especially with a compact camera. The problem is quite simple: the moon is extraordinarily bright relative to the night sky / landscape. We usually counter this by taking one shot of the moon with the light meter focused on it, and one shot of the whole thing before combining the two. It helps enormously to use a tripod.

      Your camera has increased its ISO sensitivity beyond what I would consider an acceptable level (very grainy sky) in order to capture the foreground and has also burnt out the moon leaving just a white disc. In the future, prop your camera against something and use the timer. Force the ISO not to exceed 400. Take two shots, one metered on the moon (there is something called spot metering, as opposed to evaluative or centre-weighted, but you'll have to read the manual), the other as standard. You then superimpose one on the other. Hope this helps.

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