Failed attempt at a night shot

Discussion in 'Just For Fun!' started by BrettG, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. BrettG

    BrettG TPF Noob!

    Jun 25, 2004
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    (Forgive the terrible scan quality)

    Remember that total lunar eclipse in October? I tried taking pictures of it (of course, the lens I have with the biggest zoom is only my 24-85mm, so I was already off on the wrong foot! Anyway, I've never shot in the dark before, so I figured "Let the camera auto-detect the settings" and as you can tell by this picture that was taken around 9:30 PM, it overcompensated for the darkness. The shutter was probably open for thirty seconds, so I guess the clouds were moving pretty fast that night while everything else remained still. I thought it looked pretty neat, even though it's obviously not what I was going for.

  2. Nytmair

    Nytmair TPF Noob!

    Nov 25, 2003
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    Buffalo, NY

    to capture the moon, which i assume is what you were going for... you really don't need a long shutter. The moon is pretty bright, so normally you can get away with shutter speeds around 1/80th of a second or maybe even a bit faster.

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