“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you’ll be among the stars” – Les Brown
“Poetic, the stuff of romance and mystery. A bugger to capture on picture” – Learningtosnap
night shooting trip a few weeks back, one of the things I tried and failed to
do was to include the moon in a picture. Now, you’d
think a big, reasonably static lump of “space stuff” wouldn’t be that hard to
picture, but damned if I could get it.
again last night.
couldn’t get it.
In despair I used google and found an interesting
web site talking about how to shoot the
moon. Seems I’d been making a few simple mistakes.
- Autofocus doesn’t. Because the moon
is bright and the sky is dark the camera will over compensate and you’ll
get that shiny nonsense.
- Actually trying to zoom in on
the moon using a lens is much better than trying to pull the detail out
with crops later
simple doesn’t it?
went outside and tried again. The results this time were much better.
shot is of an un-cropped, un-tampered moon and the second is post manipulation
to tweak the crop and the colour thresholds etc.
f/16, manual, focal length – 200mm, ISO – 100,
still a few issues with this, mostly because I couldn’t get the tripod to the
angle I needed for the shot and so wasn’t stable as I would
have liked. The image is also a little on the soft side I think (which might be down to the lens being at its outer end). I’ll try this
again in weeks to come.
tried this or have suggestions?