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    A couple of weeks ago I was trying to get a few photos of the Moon. I've never done this before.

    Well we've only had about 3 minutes of cloudless skys since I wanted to get some shots. When there was a break I took a few. I thought they were all duds but I was looking through them today and at least here's an interesting one.

    Anyway, I'll keep trying.
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    Interesting shot, GregL. I wonder what caused the reflection.

    The trick to taking pictures of the moon is that you have to remember that it's reflected sunlight. You have to almost pretend you are shooting outdoors on a summer day. Everyone thinks that because it's night time you need long exposures, etc. But, alas, it's the farthest from the truth and you end up with an overexposed circle of light.
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    IGs is right ... the moon is notorious for fooling you in that way. Try much faster shutter speed like 1/125th and f8 and adjust from there.

    I think the lens flare (blue moon) you got is a result of the UV filter you have on. Try removing it next time for shooting the moon.
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    Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a go next time I see the moon.

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    I've shot the moon at 1/250th of a sec before. It is really bright. Use the spot meter in your camera if you have one. I wrote some tips on taking moon pics in the tips and tricks thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregL View Post
    Thanks for the tip, I'll give it a go next time I see the moon.
    I just corrected my shutter speed in the above post. I meant 1/125th ... not 1/25th.
    All my moon shots have been between 1/125th and about 1/250th

    You can see some of them here http://picasaweb.google.com/madaussie69/Misc#

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    Thanks BlueX and Mad Aussie for the tips. I'll give them a go. Nice pics MA.

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    Here's another of my moon composites I've found ...


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    Yeah, those are nice pics Ma. What focal length were those moon shots taken at? Where those pics cropped or enlarged?

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    I'd have to dig through the files to to be certain but I think for most of those I had my 100-400mm so 400mm is most likely. I remember cropping in a bit on some ... especially those golden coloured shots which were really that colour!

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