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  1. PlasticSpanner

    PlasticSpanner TPF Noob!

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    Is the best time to get a photograph of the moon!

    Taken from the space section of the BBC's website.......

    "June sees the first of three months' worth of large full Moons. This is due to the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. Every month the distance from us to our lunar neighbour varies from 348,294 km to 398,581 km, which affects the size of the Moon in the sky. This month the close orbit point (known astronomically as perigee) is just one day after the full Moon."

    It's 50,287 KM closer that at it most distant point! What a zoom that'll save!
     
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    Now is the time to photograph scenes illuminated by the moon. It's as low in the sky as it will be all year... providing a wonderful light source.
     
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    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    Does this apply to people on the other side of the globe to the US? or would our best time be december?

    Can anyone give me any tips for photographing the moon? I have tried a couple recently but all I get is very blown out whites
     
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    It's a global event that applies to the whole world.


    When I photograph the moon I never beleive my camera meter and stop down or increase the shutter speed a bit. Best to try bracketing a couple of stops either way & write down what you do so that next time you'll have a starting point.
     
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    It would be reverse for the southern hemisphere. Moon will be highest in the sky for our friends to the south.
     
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    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    Thats what I thought - thanks!
     
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    I looked out of my window last night before I went to bed and saw a great moon. Full, slightly yellow and foggy. I thought I'd look at it through my film camera zoomed right in and it looked good, but I was dangling out of the window to see it and couldn't hold the camera steady. I'll try again tonight, but should I try and steady myself and get a long exposure, or will a short one do? I ask as I am new to film SLR...used to mid range digital.
    Cheers.
     
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    I am going to step outside and setup my camera on the good ol tripod and see what I can capture..... It's lunch time at 4:30am :)




    -iSellJerseyShore
     
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    Same thing here. I had it framed in my 50-500mm lens and it looked excellent, large and very clear. Didn't want to get dressed again and have to go outside to set up the tripod so I'm hoping the sky will be as clear tonight.
     
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    You don't need a very long exposure to get the moon - it's brighter than you think and it moves a lot faster than you think as well! I've found that some shots can be as short as 1/500th and still get a good exposure.

    Rob
     
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    OK, cheers. I couldn't see it last night, clouds got in the way.
     
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    Hmm. Managed to get a few shots but I was a bit disappointed with them.

    Anybody know what's the best aperture to use?

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