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    I taken some shots of the moon with a Minolta 70-210mm f/4 ("beercan") lens. But for some reason, it doesn't seem right. I've posted the photos with the EXIF, can someone tell me what's wrong?


    Focal length: 210mm
    F-Stop: F4
    Shutter speed: 1/160 sec
    ISO: 800
    Exposure: 0 steps


    Focal length: 105mm
    F-Stop: F32
    Shutter speed: 30 sec
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: +1.3 steps


    Focal length: 210mm
    F-Stop: F25
    Shutter speed: 30 sec
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: +1.3 steps
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    Try this, spot meter on the moon, M mode, F/8 to F/11, 1/320 to 1/250 sec shutter, iso 200.
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    It's overexposed. There are much more details like craters, bumps etc on the moon.

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    Here's mine... (tonight's moon - too good to miss)
    Focal length: 400mm
    F11
    ISO:200 (it's the camera's base)
    Exposure: -0.3EV
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    Moon is lit by the sun, so the exposure is same like you are shooting a scene or any scene under noon day sun
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Great shot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    Great shot
    Thanks! Tonight's moon a bit glowy.... need to underexpose a little to bring out the details...

    To TS... don't use the smallest aperture (best is f/8- f/11 as cowseye mentioned) and under instead of over expose a little... go try again... the night is still young!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Thanks! Tonight's moon a bit glowy.... need to underexpose a little to bring out the details...

    To TS... don't use the smallest aperture (best is f/8- f/11 as cowseye mentioned) and under instead of over expose a little... go try again... the night is still young!
    your moon is showing up all over the place stop mooning us! haha

    @TS: you can actually shoot the moon in P Mode. just set your ISO to 400, spot metering and you're all set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowseye View Post
    Try this, spot meter on the moon, M mode, F/8 to F/11, 1/320 to 1/250 sec shutter, iso 200.
    Sorry ah, I'm a manual mode shooter most of the time. I'm not very sure what weird shutter speed will A mode give me in the last second before shoot (I know can AE-L but I prefer full control ). Hence I advise to use M mode to ensure you are on the right speed, if you feel uncomfortable, go ahead follow kreigsketten's setting.

    And also, crop out the moon, even though 210mm might be a bit short for the moon, the sharpness should be there when you zoom in to see. Don't crop too much though or you will really get a digital moon

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Thanks! Tonight's moon a bit glowy.... need to underexpose a little to bring out the details...

    To TS... don't use the smallest aperture (best is f/8- f/11 as cowseye mentioned) and under instead of over expose a little... go try again... the night is still young!
    your moon is showing up all over the place stop mooning us! haha

    @TS: you can actually shoot the moon in P Mode. just set your ISO to 400, spot metering and you're all set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    your moon is showing up all over the place stop mooning us! haha

    @TS: you can actually shoot the moon in P Mode. just set your ISO to 400, spot metering and you're all set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Woahz... Thanks bro, I didn't know I inherited the moon... Who's the kind soul? Big Thanks okay?! I need to go plant a flag there...
    Chang Er gave it to you when you howled at her

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Woahz... Thanks bro, I didn't know I inherited the moon... Who's the kind soul? Big Thanks okay?! I need to go plant a flag there...
    Chang Er gave it to you when you howled at her

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    Chang Er gave it to you when you howled at her
    Die... a lot of bros howled at the moon tonight... it must be overpopulated by now... (It is not enough that you strike toto, but the fact is you have to share it with many others! )

    Anyway... I wonder if TS has reshoot the moon... Should be still up there now.
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    i've done a reshoot. I hope it's better..



    Focal length: 210mm
    F-Stop: F10
    Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: -0.33 steps
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Die... a lot of bros howled at the moon tonight... it must be overpopulated by now... (It is not enough that you strike toto, but the fact is you have to share it with many others! )

    Anyway... I wonder if TS has reshoot the moon... Should be still up there now.
    can't see the moon... however... noticed that it's a pretty misty night tonight in my area. drats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Photogenic View Post
    i've done a reshoot. I hope it's better..



    Focal length: 210mm
    F-Stop: F10
    Shutter speed: 1/250 sec
    ISO: 100
    Exposure: -0.33 steps
    Definitely better than the first try, at least you see details now. Is that a 100% crop or 200%?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kriegsketten View Post
    Definitely better than the first try, at least you see details now. Is that a 100% crop or 200%?
    Thanks. With time and practice, hopefully i'll improve.

    Actually i dunno.. how do i tell? i just used the box selection and cropped it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Photogenic View Post
    Thanks. With time and practice, hopefully i'll improve.

    Actually i dunno.. how do i tell? i just used the box selection and cropped it.
    Keep on shooting, that's what we should do, and improve upon it each time.

    It should be 100% on your image... I realised 210mm versus 400mm isn't too great of a difference on a full view.
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    First time shooting the moon myself, I never realised it moved so fast... Pause a minute or two, it moved pretty far away from the center of the VF. Wait a bit more, it completely moved out of frame - always need to constantly re-adjust the framing for following shoots... Anyway, hope it was interesting for you as it was for me as a first time moon shooter.
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