What is the trick at good night shots?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by strick, Jul 28, 2007.

  1. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have been trying to get some good shots of the moon the last few nights. I have a few that are OK but not really what I am looking for. I get the moon real crisp by itself but having trouble getting the look I want with moonlit clouds. Any ideas or it is a lost cause.:mrgreen:
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Are you using a tripod and cable/remote release?
     
  3. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Tripod yes, i don't have a remote release for the XTi yet.
     
  4. Paul Ron

    Paul Ron TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2003
    Messages:
    498
    Likes Received:
    7
    Location:
    NYC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You don't need a remote, use the self timer.
     
  5. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2003
    Messages:
    9,523
    Likes Received:
    344
    Location:
    North New Jersey, United States of America
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If the XTi is capable of mirror lockup then also use that...
     
  6. skieur

    skieur TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5,076
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Somewhat of a lost cause. The moon is quite bright and can be shot at 125th of a second at f4. Moonlit clouds however are not nearly as bright and require a much slower shutterspeed of a 30th or slower. If you shoot at the slower speed the moon will be overexposed and washed out. At the faster speed you will not get the clouds.

    skieur
     
  7. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I figured it might be a lost cause. I got a decent shot of the moon though, and some good moonlit clouds shot out of trying. Plus I found a shot I am going to try again tonight that will be pretty cool, if i don't mess it up like I did last night. :D
     
  8. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    14,491
    Likes Received:
    206
    Location:
    Europe 67.51°N
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    correct. You got a chance when the moon is behind some fog/clouds so that it shines through a bit.

    A good trick could be to use a piece of glass in front of your lens, which has been darkened locally (use a flame to do that), that way you can get the moon darker.
     
  9. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Good tip, I may try that at some point. Thanks:thumbup:
     
  10. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Here is are 2 attempts. First one is trying to get the clouds

    [​IMG]

    And here is just the moon. Pretty simple shot but you gotta admit the moon is cool. Maybe if I had a conerter or bigger lens???????? :D

    [​IMG]
     
  11. WDodd

    WDodd TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Messages:
    899
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Amherst (Cleveland), Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Not bad, what lens did you use for the second shot? I was going to go out and dink around with my 170-500 last night but was too tired.
     
  12. strick

    strick TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2007
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Dekalb, IL
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    That was with a canon EF75-300 f4-5.6. That was at 300mm
     

Share This Page