View 173: Moon Done Right

Last month I showed you how I tracked and photographed the Super Moon.  I was not very happy with the attempt.  One of the reasons why I wanted to take the Night Photography eClass.  This week’s assignment was to photograph the Moon as it rose the night before the full moon.  The weather which caused havoc all across the United States last weekend put those plans on hold.  Using what I learned, I did take this photo last Friday night of the gibbous moon which was around 90% Full.

The Waxing Gibbous Moon.

The Waxing Gibbous Moon. Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 400mm focal length, tripod.

This time I used the Nikon D700 digital SLR camera coupled with the Nikon 80-400mm VR Zoom lens to photograph the moon. Though I lost 200mm in reach not using a cropped camera, the resolving power of the larger 12MP sensor in the D700 made up for it.  The fact that I was not guessing at the exposure this time helped the most.

This photo is much better and shows the moon’s surface features as it floated above me.  I hope to get the moon rise or set later this year.

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25 Responses to View 173: Moon Done Right

  1. Simone says:

    Fantastic shot Scott, love it!

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  2. Gerry says:

    It’s perfectly amazing to me that your camera–in your hands–is able to show me almost as much detail as the telescope can. I rather like the little mystery left in this phase.

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    • Why, thank you so much, Gerry! It’s good but nowhere near as good as a true astrophotography setup would be. I’m with you, I do like this phase to as you get some shading. I want to try other phases which changes the exposure but should be even more dramatic looking.

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  3. milkayphoto says:

    Nicely done, Scott. You are learning much in your class!

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  4. This turned out great!
    Hubby went to the gym yesterday morning (still dark out) and came back in the house to tell me I should go outside with the camera, because the moon was orange! I did take some pictures, but wasn’t very happy with the results 😛

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  5. Deanna says:

    Awesome! Great detail in this shot.

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  6. Kathy says:

    This is a Perfect Moon, Scott. You did it. I can not imagine any more perfection than this. 🙂

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  7. Karma says:

    This is just the kind of moon shot I’d love to be able to take. Beautiful work. Usually once a month, I’ve been seeing a perfect “Cheshire Cat” moon – a really neat crooked smile of a moon, sometimes just perfectly misted with clouds to a look as though it is disappearing. I’m dying to photograph it; do you think similar settings to yours could help me out?

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    • A crescent moon is what you are describing with a lot less reflected light. Make sure you use spot metering. Open up the aperture and/or raise the ISO to keep the shutter speed around 1/30th of a second or better for best results.

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  8. Mike Criss says:

    Done right indeed! Nice work.

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  9. marysquilt says:

    Nice shot, Scott,

    I couldn’t photograph the moon the night before or the night of the full moon due to clouds. I’m looking forward to getting it next month.

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  10. Robin says:

    Impressive shot, Scott. The detail is amazing.

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  11. Nye says:

    Great detail Scott, amazing what you lens can do. I’m not sure if I gazed at the moon too much, but it looks like it’s getting bigger and bigger to me. 🙂

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  12. truels says:

    This is a wonderful image – amazing what an excellent photo equipment and a skilled photographer can produce!

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  13. flandrumhill says:

    What!! You took this?!? Scott, I am usually impressed by your images but this one takes the cake.

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  14. cindydyer says:

    Fantastic moon shot, Scott! The detail is amazing.

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