Monday, September 19, 2016

Shoot the Moon!


Date: September 16, 2016  
Time: 10:30 pm
Steve: "Hey did you know that there is a Lunar Eclipse tonight and tomorrow?"

Me:  "What?" (I run out the back door, leaving the door open. Luckily the security system hadn't been set.)

Steve:  "Yeah, but we won't be able to see it in the US.  Next one we see is Feb. 10, 2017."

Me:  (Running back inside,)  "Where's my camera?  The full moon is awesome.  I'm going to shoot the moon anyways!"  (Despite being in my pajamas and having just taken an Ambien, I haven't been sleeping lately, I gather up my equipment and run back outside.)

So I'm out there struggling to set up my camera on my tripod, which is tricky even though the moonlight is bright, I'm having trouble seeing. The  sleeping pill was starting to kick in.  As I'm fumbling with my camera settings, (I'm manually challenged and normally have to review what settings to use in these special conditions).  My thoughts are, I've got tomorrow to look up the right settings and try this again, so I'll just play around with the auto settings and see what I get.  I'm really starting to feel the effects of the Ambien, yikes. I finish up and hit the sack. WELL, the next night we have a thunder storm rolling in so it's cloudy, so my plan failed.  RATS!

This must be some kind of moon reflection but a curious affect! 

Sunday night we had a Waning Gibbous (below), a perfect time to practice!  To check for Moonrises you can use timeanddate.com which predicted 9:00pm but from our house the moon showed up more like 10:00pm.
A good setting to start at is ISO 100, f/8 and 1/125 sec, used in the above shot. 
October 15, I remembered about the full moon and went outside to get some shots with the rapidly moving clouds. 







Now I need to think of a local landmark or setting to take photos of the moon and see what I can capture. 
Happy Click'n!

For Future Reference:
Quick Tips ~ 

*  Use a tripod and disable image stabilization on your lens.
*  Use  the timer or  a remote shutter release to reduce shaking further.
*  Decide on a location ahead of time.
*  Set on Manual and start at ISO 100, f/8 and 1/125 sec.

Next Supermoon November 14, 2016


Lunar Photography Exposure Guide (@f/16)
ISO Film SpeedFull MoonGibbous1st QuarterThick CrescentThin CrescentEarthshine
251/151/81/41/21
501/301/151/181/41/2
1001/601/301/151/81/4
2001/1251/601/301/151/840 to 80 sec.
4001/2501/1251/601/301/1520 to 40 sec.
8001/5001/2501/1251/601/3010 to 20 sec.
16001/10001/5001/2501/1251/605 to 10 sec.
32001/20001/10001/3001/2501/1252 to 5 sec.

Article Links ~
Lunar Eclipse
Full Moon
Night Sky
Northern Skys 
Moon and Lunar Eclipse
Cresent Moon  (ISO 400, f/8 and 1.6 sec.)
Shoot the Moon  (By Gary Hart)

1 comment:

  1. They look good to me! I always have trouble getting a good shot of the moon!

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