Crescent Moon

June 17, 2018

My sister-in-law was over for dinner and a movie tonight; As we walked outside a crescent moon was shining over the neighborhood. I ran in and got my tripod and camera.


And a black-and-white version

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This was one of my first shots – I had to do a lot of noise reduction on it since it was shot at ISO 2500. I don’t take shots like this very much so it took me a couple of minutes to realize I needed to manually set my ISO and let the camera figure out the shutter speed. Unfortunately, by the time I did that the moon was disappearing behind the clouds.

ISO 125. Shutter speed over 1 second.

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3 thoughts on “Crescent Moon

  1. To me, the photo with the clouds has more visual interest and movement. Nice shots!!

  2. if your goal is to get a good clear sharp shot and see the craters you want to use a fairly fast shutter speed. Depending on the focal length of your lens this will vary. the moon and stars move and create blur. The longer the lens; the quicker the shutter speed. You’ll want to use the longest lens you have, hopefully more than 250mm. 300mm to 800mm works best. I start at ISO 100, f8.0, 1/10th sec shutter speed. Turn on your in camera NR. This will slow down the read rate to the card but thats ok as your not going to rapid fire. then I go to f11.0 at 125th. The quicker the shutter, the sharper the photo. This gives me a bracket to work. My zone is usually ISO 100 – 200, F.7.1 – F8 and 125th – 200th .. Keep your ISO very low (avoids noise) and keep the shutter fairly fast. Like upwards of 1/60th sec. Take it off auto white balance & off auto focus and image stabilization. I’ll assume you’r using a tripod. No filters, and use a remote shutter release. If you do not have a remote use a 2-3 second shutter delay…Keep shooting !

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