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Old 8th Jul 2014, 04:32 AM   #1
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Default Astrophotography - Moon and rainbow

A few more moon shots, unfortunately I didn't get clear skies until the phase was very similar to the last ones, grrr!

The rainbow I really struggled to get the levels right, which is why the shots look different. It was just a few minutes before subset so there were string reds in the opposite side of the sky, some very deep blueish tones, and against the dark clouds it was a most intensely strong coloured rainbow.
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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Nice shots of the rainbow!
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Old 8th Jul 2014, 08:40 PM   #3
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Moon whats?
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Old 9th Jul 2014, 12:14 AM   #4
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Moon whats?
Now fixed!
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Old 13th Jul 2014, 04:05 AM   #5
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There is one categorical error though--the bunny is upside-down
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Old 5th Aug 2014, 08:44 AM   #6
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A few more shots of the moon with my compact, I'm really rather impressed with what this small camera can pull off...

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I'm impressed too! Those are lovely shots.
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Old 5th Aug 2014, 11:32 AM   #8
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Yep, I'll third it. I was just thinking tonight how I like the look of the moon, especially how bright it was tonight.
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Are you shooting with a tripod and are they auto or manual focus? I've got a Fuji HS-20 and it really get's it's knickers in a twist when I try photos of the moon.
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Are you shooting with a tripod and are they auto or manual focus? I've got a Fuji HS-20 and it really get's it's knickers in a twist when I try photos of the moon.
Sorry! Only just spotted this...

Nope, hand held.

I generally try and brace up against something, and take a dozen shots as some will not be sharp. The Canon sx280hs I am using has image stabilisation in there, which seems to help a bit.

I also push the exposure down a couple of stops over the automatic, otherwise it washes out the detail.
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Sorry! Only just spotted this...

Nope, hand held.

I generally try and brace up against something, and take a dozen shots as some will not be sharp. The Canon sx280hs I am using has image stabilisation in there, which seems to help a bit.

I also push the exposure down a couple of stops over the automatic, otherwise it washes out the detail.
Cool, I'll need to experiment.
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And some new ones...

I got some photos of the weekend 'super moon', which I think is really over sold. The increase in size is aboput 18%, but everyone goes and looks at the moon rising, (which gives a well known illusion that it is larger, as you have something distant to compare it against.

The photos were not that great (the full moon is the worst time to photograph it), but I overlaid it at the same zoom etc, next to a previous moon shot chosen at random, so you can see it's not much bigger...

More fun is the parhelion or sundog, a patch of refracted light at the same height as the sun, which you sometimes see - a couple of versions, two with levels strongly adjusted to bring it out.

I've also been experimenting with exposing for the sky at dusk, to try and get something dramatic...

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One thing I did find out about the moon on Sunday is that you can treat it like daytime photography. I shot it handheld at 300mm, f/5.6, ISO-100, at 1/500, and it came out fine. There's so much light that you don't have to bother with a long exposure on a tripod or anything. Which is good, because I went over to a friend's house Sunday night, brought my camera, but forgot to bring the tripod.
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A couple more moon shots...
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In post #12, the second photo, how did you get that cloud to mimic the Millenium Falcon?



That photo is priceless just for that cloud!
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In post #12, the second photo, how did you get that cloud to mimic the Millenium Falcon?



That photo is priceless just for that cloud!
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Beautiful shots, I took some on my camera, I'll have to upload them sometime.
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