First moon shoot please c&c.

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I just opened my front door and seen the moon at eye level. I grabbed my tripod with my canon t2i and 55-250mm lens and went at it. This picture was taken with the following settings: f/8 1/100 iso-100 and cropped to show more moon. What do you guys think? and how can I improve? thanks in advance.



moon 2 007 by jolmedo19, on Flickr
 
I tried to get some good moon shots over the weekend, but without a tripod it was difficult to get a good one.


that one looks pretty good though.
 
Hard to critique without seeing all the Exif, but I would bump up the shutter speed a little bit. It's a little over exposed.

A couple things I would look at in you're Exif is if you used spot metering, mirror lock-up etc. Not a bad start.
 
You need a tripod.
 
I did use a tripod and a 2-sec timer when picture was taken. Here's the original picture taken before I cropped. Fell free to edit thanks.


moon 2 005 by jolmedo19, on Flickr
 
Take a look at mine.
Well wait up.
I don't wanna hijack your thread.
I was gonna post a link to my Mooning Naptime thread or post the image here.
But not without permission.

It'll give you some ideas
 
I brought down the exposure a bit. added some contrast and sharpened a bit, but you did have some camera shake which I think is from your shutter actuating. . Mirror lock-up is different than your shutter timer. Check it out in your manual, it is a very useful tool with photos like this.

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Here's one of mine from a couple nights ago.


IMG_6018 by Ingerson"PCD", on Flickr

Canon 7D with 70-200 F4
Exposure 1/200 @ F8
ISO 100
Spot metered
 
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Looking at other pictures won't mean he/she will understand the exposure, composition or principles better. Referring to your own pics... please.


This much cropping has damaged your image quality too much. Imo, it's not usable at this point. Too blurry, a little overexposed (blown highlights). Unless you have a decent lens/telescope, such moon shots aren't very interesting. That is, unless you think outside of the box and make it interesting by not getting a white moon on a black background (see thread referred above). In that pic there are nice colours, and all in all it's more interesting.

For such clean moon shots to be nice, the sharpness must be very good. It must have details that are awesome, and nice textures. You've shot the full moon - that means flat lighting as the light comes straight onto the surface from afront. If the Moon was half, the light would come from the side, and textures would pop out, leaving more detail and showing a more 3D surface.
 
@Lightspeed I would love to see your moon pics, please share. EIingerson, I will read up on the info just given and appreciate you editing the photo. What program did you use to edit the picture? Your moon picture is awesome! Thanks for sharing. What settings did you use if you don't mind me asking.
 
@Lightspeed I would love to see your moon pics, please share. EIingerson, I will read up on the info just given and appreciate you editing the photo. What program did you use to edit the picture? Your moon picture is awesome! Thanks for sharing. What settings did you use if you don't mind me asking.

I'm about to head to work, but I'll post up exif later today. My settings weren't that much different than yours, just a couple small tweeks to it. I used lightroom to edit.
 
I'm confused.... do you have two accounts? Not sure if that's allowed....
 
In my humble opinion, a faster shutter speed was needed....here is an example of one of my moon photos for comparison:

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Shot hand-held (no tripod) with a Vivitar 75-205mm at around the 160mm range, f/11, ISO 1600, 1/500. Spot bottom left is most likely reflection from I.S.S. Sweet! (High iso was obviously chosen to utilize a faster shutter speed so that I wouldn't need a tripod, I was lazy and didn't want to go back in the house to grab it....sue me)
 
You triad selection is good, no need for faster shutter in particular because you otherwise need also to increase ISO, loosing detail. However, the lens is limited, your start is not bad.
To reduce motion blur, a quick way to have mirror lock is to use live view. If you like this kind of pictures, buy a remote control (IR or cable): with live view at max magnification, you wait until no motion, then shoot.
As Compaq pointed out, full moon is not the best time. Also horizon level is not the best moment: there are more turbulences and athmosphere influence than in the middle of the sky.
You may gain something by converting to black and white (green channel) and then sharpen.

This one has been made with the same lens as you f/5.6, 1/640s, ISO400:


This one has been made with an old cheap 400/6.3 with old cheap 2x teleconverter (let's say, 50$ value together), f/11 or so, 1/60s, ISO400:


Both cropped.
 
You triad selection is good, no need for faster shutter in particular because you otherwise need also to increase ISO, loosing detail. However, the lens is limited, your start is not bad.
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Why would increasing shutter speed require the ISO to change?
 

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