Meager attempt at moon shot for C&C, please

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  1. MonicaBH

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    moonshot by monicabh, on Flickr

    ISO: 100
    SS: 1/400
    Aperture: 5.6
    Sigma 70-300mm

    Minor PP & crop in LR3.

    It's just another shot of the moon, but after my first very overexposed attempts, I was pretty happy with this. (And spare the mocking of my watermark. I just got LR3 and was playing around in it.
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    You will probably get better detail at F8! You have plenty of DOF at F5.6... but your lens is not as sharp there as it will be at F8 to F11. Tripod highly recommended. It still looks a bit bright!

    this was shot 400mm.... 1/80, F8, ISO 100.

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    Moon November 06 2011 by CGipson Photography, on Flickr
     
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    Thanks for the input. I actually did use a tripod for this.

    My next attempt will be at a smaller aperture. I'm not really sure why I shot it at f5.6... It certainly wasn't because I was looking for DoF!

    Thanks again.


     
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    I am pretty sure I already know the answer to this, but will a smaller aperture give me more detail? Or would I need a longer focal length in addition to different settings?
     
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    A combination of the two, but I would suggest starting with a longer focal length.
     
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    Welp, that is out of the question, as 300mm is as far as I can go. I'll continue to work on aperture and SS with hopes for the best, given what I have.

    Thank you.
     
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    300 is fine.. you an get good detail out of it, just do a good crop!. You need to maximize the sharpness of the photos.. by shooting at f8 to F11. Use a tripod with either a remote, or the self timer... to get rid of all movement. Use mirror lockup if you know how to.

    If you want detail, do NOT shoot a full moon, as the lighting on the moon is pretty flat at that time. Shoot a 3/4 or half moon. That way there will be shadows you can pick up.

    This was shot at 300! The reason it does not have the detail of the other shot, is because it was almost a full moon... flat lighting.
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    The only reason you need to stop down a couple of stops, is to get in the "Sweet spot" of your lens... it is not as sharp at 5.6 as it will be at F8 to F11.

    Your shot above is still overexposed too.. if you want detail, bring it down a couple of stops...
     
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    Looks very 2 dimensional, maybe add some fill flash from the left.
     
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    hahaha! Sure... maybe we can catch a nova somewhere!
     
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    Thanks, I was wondering how you did that.



    Edit: dang....no moon out tonight.
     
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    Go for it, Desi! Have fun.. post 'em up for us, too! (seems like there are little "tricks" to everything, right?) lol!
     
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    MY GOD...

    I can see the freaking flag Apollo left o_O
     
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