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Old 02-13-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Full Moon Photography

Before I got my Pentax K10 and started shooting RAW, I shot these photos with my 5MP Kodak Easyshare. All photos were taken between 11:00 p.m. and midnight, under an incredible full moon, on 3/2/07. Exposures betweeen 6 and 10 seconds. No flash or supplimental lighting (although the fourth and fifth pictures caught some of the incandescent light from my house reflected off the bottom of the trees).














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Old 02-13-2008, 01:33 PM   #2
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I cant see them?
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Old 02-13-2008, 01:40 PM   #3
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Where are they??????
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:17 PM   #4
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #5
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These are great...I'm hoping to start doing full moon landscapes this spring and summer.

I like the house one, and I like the house. Nice digs.

Full moon landscapes are totally experimental. I used to mess with them on film and had a few here and there I liked but nothing too spectacular.

I'm guessing these were in the range of 30 seconds? There appears to be no (very slight) motion of the stars, so they aren't that long. Maybe 10-30 seconds tops.

Anyway this is exactly the type of photography I am leaning more and more towards this summer. Very cool stuff.

Here is one of the few I was pretty happy with from film..

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Old 02-13-2008, 03:27 PM   #6
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6-10 seconds. Clouds were moving very fast (you can see the blur in some of the pix). No wind, though, which made the long exposures easier.
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Old 02-13-2008, 05:12 PM   #7
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6-10 seconds. Clouds were moving very fast (you can see the blur in some of the pix). No wind, though, which made the long exposures easier.
Just as a heads up, in RAW with the K10D (and maybe JPEG) at ISO 100-200 you can shoot at least a few minutes without any sign of noise.

My 30 second exposures with it at ISO160 have been incredible.

You can see the noise from the Kodak even on the small shots, what ISO did you use?

As long as there is no wind and you have a decent tripod, definitely opt for the lower ISO and longer exposure. Noise is less and less an issue the lower the ISO at long exposures.

As far as the blur in the clouds, I love it. Makes for a more dreamy scene. Very cool!
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And example of how clean a 25 second exposure is at between ISO100-200. You can see from the detail on the capitol that there really is no noise or noise reduction employed. Very crisp.

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Old 02-13-2008, 06:02 PM   #9
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Anybody going to try and capture the lunar eclipse next week?
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I likey! I think I'll dig my camera out!
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:02 PM   #11
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Great stuff here... I'm checking my calendar for the next full moon!
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Old 02-13-2008, 07:21 PM   #12
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Here is a link for the total eclipse of the moon next week, the last one til 2010.
http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2...htm?list969338
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Not really a full moon, but I like the craters!
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:21 PM   #14
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Here's a shot I took at Taylor Pond at 4:00am. It was taken in October. 100asa Fuji super HQ, 4 min. exposure, f5.6...
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Nice work gary, not sure what excites me about photographing in the dark, but I guess it's so few good images come at night, and the camera can record things we cannot see unlike daylight exposures where we can see things the camera cannot record.

I still want to see Johns second photo with the house redone on the new DSLR, I was trying to remember what that shot reminded me of, and while thumbing through Galen Rowells "The Art Of Adventure" I came across the shot that I was thinking of. Definitely the contrast between the cold snow and the warm interiors shows in both photos. Of course Rowells was taken at a ranger cabin hundreds of square miles from the next man made structure. But the affect is similar.

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Shot this one under a full moon. I thought the moon would light up the sky such that the stars wouldn't be visible but it came out just fine.
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Old 02-20-2008, 04:32 AM   #17
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That is killer but I'm blown away that the stars did come out. The reason, all the star trails I've done have been ruined by moonlight infecting the shot. Was the moon at or near it's apex rather than low on the horizon?

How long was the exposure? I'd guess 4 hours.

But the traffic trails are by far the most interesting aspect, this might be the only star trail shot I've ever seen with car light trails in it. I've seen a few roadside trails but never on the road with the traffic trails.

I've been trying to come up with an interesting scenario for star trails and this definitely fit the bill. Nice work!!!
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That is killer but I'm blown away that the stars did come out. The reason, all the star trails I've done have been ruined by moonlight infecting the shot. Was the moon at or near it's apex rather than low on the horizon?

How long was the exposure? I'd guess 4 hours.

But the traffic trails are by far the most interesting aspect, this might be the only star trail shot I've ever seen with car light trails in it. I've seen a few roadside trails but never on the road with the traffic trails.

I've been trying to come up with an interesting scenario for star trails and this definitely fit the bill. Nice work!!!
Outstanding shots!

Pico, I shoot a lot in the dark, or in low light conditions. I've found the best time to shoot stars is with no moon. I never saw a shot done on the side of the road like that! Swede you nailed it!
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Wild shots guys!
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Here's my shot of Pharaoh Lake from the north shore.
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