Photographing the Moon

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by richard_martin|10, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Last month I posted a question asking how to photograph the Moon without it looking like a plain white disc. The helpful answers I got did the trick and last night I shot the attached photo. Seems like you need to shoot manual mode with fast shutter speeds and a smaller aperture to underexpose your shot and there you go! Thanks again for the advice....Rich Martin
    PS....Canon 40D/Canon 400mm F5.6L handheld.
  2. Nice shot and it was a beautiful moon out last night! Iwas out taking shots of it as well, testing my 100-400mm lens with the Canon 2x I just bought.
    I am located in South Florida.
  3. Keep in mind the moon is lighted by the sun, so a fairly high shutter speed is needed to prevent overexposure and camera movement. The moon was fairly big on December 13th too, and I took some shots with my Canon XSi and Canon 75-300mm IS lens. I used the spot meter and the circle covered the moon pretty well and gave a good exposure. Before I had the XSi I used an XTi and had to adjust the exposure by checking the image in the LCD. A lot easier using the spot meter!
    Hope the weather is clear for tonight, when the moon will be even closer!
    Bob Boudreau
    Maritime Canada
    1/400, f/10, 400 ISO
  4. That's a good shot, Richard! If the weather is clear, I'm going to try it tonight.
  5. I have found that you can get nice results when the sky is still quite bright and then make PS adjustments later - I caught this airliner on its descent into Orlando which would have been impossible if the sky had really been black.
  6. That's a great shot Rick!
  7. Nice hand-hold shot!
    This one was taken on a tripod with a "sand" bag.
  8. I've been an EOS man for 6 years, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use an 800mm prime nikon when I was in the Navy on the open ocean (can't beat the lack of interfering light). Although I still swear by Canon, I also have to jump at opportunities.
  9. You get nicer photos when the moon is a crescent (rather than full) because the shadows accentuate the craters.
  10. This photo of the moon was taken in 1995 with a cheap, cheap, cheap $40 Russian 1000 mm. Rubinar catadioptric lens. + B&W 100 ASA film ( we used the denomination ASA back then :).
  11. Live View helps in setting the exposure. Aperture Priority, F11, spot metered, -2 EV using a Canon EF 70-300, Slik tripod and Jin Yieng remote shutter release and some PS processing.
  12. It's a little hazy out, but here's my first attempt after massaging the image a bit.
  13. Bob B: "1/400, f/10, 400 ISO"

    As you can see "lunny 11" rule works quite well. No need to meter at all really. :)
  14. My super cheap 500mm mirror plus supercheap 2x extender in a 100% crop.
    (On my personal page also the entire moon.)
    Regards, Matthijs.
  15. These are some great shots. Here's a first attempt two days ago using my new 70-200L f/4 IS on a 40D - handheld. Lightroom certainly helped.
  16. Here's a shot using manual mode. Canon 50D/Canon 300mm f2.8L IS/1.4x extender. Exposure was 1/320th at f5.6 and self timer used to avoid vibration. A heavy duty tripod is a must!

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