Moon Photography Experiment - Part 2

Daily Photography Blog - May 8, 2012

May 8, 2012

Moon Photography - Part 2

So this is my second night of taking photos of the moon. The first night, I experimented with different exposure settings and came up with an acceptable exposure at F/22, 1/80 sec and ISO 500. I used Spot Metering mode. After downloading the photos and seeing the image magnified to 100%, I began to see flaws in the pictures. It was still slightly overexposed and the sharpness was not to my satisfaction.

My plan before the shoot

May 5, 2012. I took notes of my previous exposure settings and I adjusted it to compensate for the overexposure. My notes are as follows:

May 4, 2012
My best shot: Spot, F/22, 1/80s, ISO 500
** photo is still a little bright
** need a bit more sharpness (try lower ISO)

For next shoot (May 5, 2012), try the following:
Spot, F/22, 1/125s, ISO 400
Spot, F/22, 1/60s, ISO 400
Spot, F/16, 1/60s, ISO 400
Spot, F/16, 1/60s, ISO 200
Spot, F/16, 1/30s, ISO 200
** experiment with exposure compensation also

So, I patiently waited for nightfall and at around 8pm, I started my next experimental shoot using my notes as a my guide. I also experiment with changing the Exposure Compensation setting on my camera. I took around 20 different pictures and below are some photos from my session. After I downloaded the photos into my computer the next day, below are some of the pictures.

Moon shot #1
Photo #1: F/22, 1/125 sec, ISO 400
Moon shot #2
Photo #2: F/16, 1/125 sec, ISO 200
Moon shot #3
Photo #3: F/11, 1/100 sec, ISO 100

Out of all the photos I took, I finally pick my best shot and with a little photo editing using photoshop - adding a warm filter and a little sharpening, I have this image below. Click on the photo to see it at 100%.

Moon shot #4
My Best Shot: F/22, 1/30 sec, ISO 100
-0.3 Exposure Compensation

I hope you got something out of this blog post. Basically, don't be afraid to experiment. Be prepared as much as you can. Take lots of notes.

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