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Old 11-04-2006, 04:02 PM
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We get it almoooost every night.....

Such a fine and supernatural lighhhht..

Everybodys dancing in the mooooonlight...

A beautiful full moon tonight...as I am at the bottom of the island, I can see it out the window shimmering on the rooftops....

Gorgeous..I HAVE to get a camera!
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:04 PM
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What's this about?
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:05 PM
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This brings up a question I have.

Many a time i've been wanting to capture a moonlight scene, with the moon in it. Is this even possible with a compact? I looked on flickr for the group with my camera, and someone shot an amazing moon pic but whenever I try it, I just get a bright orb, no detail or anything. I hate it. Tried every setting i could too. Any tips?
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:06 PM
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The moon? lol...

thats a song.. not heard that? wow.. "dancing in the moonlight"

It is a gorgeous full moon.... I was meant to post this in the other forum lol..
Can ya move it?
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 04:08 PM
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Good question... but I don't know..
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 05:05 PM
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This brings up a question I have.

Many a time i've been wanting to capture a moonlight scene, with the moon in it. Is this even possible with a compact? I looked on flickr for the group with my camera, and someone shot an amazing moon pic but whenever I try it, I just get a bright orb, no detail or anything. I hate it. Tried every setting i could too. Any tips?
Its difficult, with a compact its almost impossible.

The key is getting the exposure correct, your compact probably makes a quick analysis of the entire scene (or a % of it) in order to calculate the exposure. The moon will have little effect on this and you'll have an exposure set for the foreground. Its like trying to take a picture straight into a lightbulb. The moon will look crap.

Try this. Photograph the moon when its low in the sky, this will dim its light anything from a little to a lot. It will also make the moon appear bigger, and you may well see some intersting colours as its light is refracted through the earths atmosphere.

You need a tripod and a good telephoto or zoom lense, find a field or somewhere with a long line of sight, low ground is actually better than high ground, because you can take line of sight looking up. So make sure you choose a location where you are low and the moon is in the direction UP the hill.

Now line up your shot with some foreground (that would normally be background if you were photographing normally in a field), for example some trees or houses at the far end (higher end) of your field. With the moon in the now further extended background. Use as much zoom as you can while concentraiting on photographing your "foreground" while paying close attention to your eye catching moon background.

Now experiment with your exposures until the whole thing comes together.

Good luck. Don't forget to post your results.
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 05:37 PM
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Thanks for that

I'm hoping to buy a dSLR in a couple of months anyway, so hopefully this will help

Here's the photo I was referring to which was taken with my exact model :

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffnmu...n/pool-dsc-n1/

Lower in the sky there, but there's zero glow around the moon itself, I want that!
 
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Old 11-04-2006, 05:39 PM
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I have some nice ones like that... not on my pc tho...
 
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What model do you use mate?
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 11:57 AM
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Amazing Pic that. Here's mine...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesgr...7594210217153/







could say that i cheated a fair bit though
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:00 PM
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My camera got nicked...
 
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Amazing Pic that. Here's mine...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamesgr...7594210217153/



could say that i cheated a fair bit though

What the heck is that GREY cloudy bit?
 
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err, the moon?
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:06 PM
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Dozy muppet....

There is a smallish grey cloudy bit ON the moon there.
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:10 PM
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Can't see it myself...
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:12 PM
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ok... well I can, its smack in the midlle..

Nice pic anyway.
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 12:27 PM
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Strange, maybe I'm loosing my eyesight, or maybe you have extra good eyes to make up for having rubbish ears?
 
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Bit harsh

Nice pic, but yes - cheating
 
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Old 11-05-2006, 02:51 PM
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Strange, maybe I'm loosing my eyesight, or maybe you have extra good eyes to make up for having rubbish ears?
Both maybe... well my eyes are sharp..very sharp.
 
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