Moon with Tree

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  • I’m having trouble getting a great photo but this is my first of the moon without getting a lot of blur and I’m excited. Yeah! I’m improving.

  • Looks great, Kym… a bit mysterious, with the tree shadowed…

  • Great one, Kym! I’ve only been able to get good ones of the moon by experimenting with my shutter speed – never did master it, tho, and has been so long, I can’t even remember how to set it on my own camera.

    So, kudos to you! 😀

  • A good one for Halloween! Oh wait, that’s a tree, not a witch on a broom!

  • There must be something in the water as I just did this the other night. And I had about six or seven shots with the tops of some trees blocking the bottom of the moon. Unlike you I thought them rubbish so I deleted them. Now I feel bad. Although in mine the wind was blowing so hard the leaves weren’t in any way distinct. Still…..love your image.

  • For moon shots, I always use a tripod (or some stable, hands-free platform) and a remote trigger. If there are clouds (or trees) around you need a long enough exposure to get the light from the moon, but not so long that everything else moves – well, that’s how I do it – cos my hands are developing an old-age tremor 🙂

  • Ditto on the tripod, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to use a remote shutter release, or the timer on your camera. The Nikons make it easy with the night setting, however. Interesting photo.

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  • There are some great astro-photography sites out there with tips for getting a good moon shot. (Or you can just point your camera through the neighbor’s bedroom window.)

    You’re probably already aware of all this and some of it has been brought up here already, but here it is just in case:

    Mostly it’s a matter of stability of the mount and the atmosphere, and exposure time. It’s tricky because the natural tendency is to take longer exposures due to the darkness. Besides overexposing the bright moon, the rotation of the earth is fast enough to cause a blur in longer exposures, and on a night with an unstable atmosphere you’ll also get blur from that. If you go too short, then your photo winds up too dark, of course. That’s usually fairly simple to adjust afterwards, though.

    Wait for a calm night, avoid nights when a front is passing over. Mount the camera on a good tripod, use a remote shutter release, and play with the exposure times. There are mounts and motors out there for compensating for the rotation of the earth as well, should you get ambitious enough to go for shots of stars and planets. Find them alongside telescopes. Meade, Celestron, and Orion are big name telescope companies with good reputations, so look there. Camera shops are hit and miss with availability of that sort of thing. (Or at least they were the last time I paid attention.)

    The good news is that you don’t have to wait several days to find out you have ten rolls full of crap anymore.

  • I love night photograpy. Great moon shot. It’s not easy because the moon doesn’t stay still.

  • Thanks for the information. Next full moon, I’ll get a better shot thanks to you all.

  • All the tips aside, I love the shot Kym, what a moon! Amie

  • The Tokyo moon is big and beautiful as well. Nice picture.

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