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Very thin crescent moon sets in the evening sky (23/05/2012).

Taken at the same location as.....
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Mayer-Photography's avatar
Could you possibly make a tutorial on how to capture the moon like this? I have the gear to do it. :)
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"Get yourself a tripod.  Learn to use your camera in fully manual mode.  Use live view if you have it to manually focus on the moon.  Use the longest focal length you have.  Use settings of ISO 400, F/5.6 and 1/125th of a sec (crescent) 1/500th sec (quarter) 1/1000th sec (gibbous) or 1/2000th sec (full moon) as a starting point.  Take a test shot and adjust the shutter speed to get the right exposure.  Delay the shutter or use a remote to eliminate vibration."
bhalstead's avatar
Gee, in my hemisphere the crescent faces toward the right! Great image.
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Yet another difference between the hemispheres :D Thanks
nutmeg-42's avatar
Great capture. :-)
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D
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CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D
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VileYonderboy's avatar
Nice and with earth glow!
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you :D Yeah I love the Earth shine on this one
TalviEnkeli's avatar
Gorgeous shot!! :faint::heart:
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D
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MyLifeInFocus's avatar
Fantastic job catching this, hoping to get a shot with both the dark and light side tonight :D
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Thank you very much :D Good luck trying to photograph this tonight.
dev-shooter's avatar
I'm asking again: how did you manage to catch the detail??? :D Well, I mean of course that normally it can't be seen both lit and hidden part of the Moon :D
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To photograph the moon you need to ask yourself a question do I want to just photograph the "visable" face of the moon or do I want to image the dark side of the moon. If you choose option one then you use fast shutter speeds to properly expose that bright part of the moon like this [link] This obviously comes at the expense of any foreground or the darker parts of the moon as they are turned to black. To get foreground elements and pick up the earth shine on the darker face of the moon you need to do longer exposures. This extra detail comes at the expense of the bright parts of the moon like in this picture. You can see that the normal crescent part is over exposed is totally blown out to white.
Digital storage is cheap. Just take lots of shots varying your shutter speed as you go to find the perfect exposure (thats all i do). It will vary every single night depending on the phase of the moon and any other light sources.
silverfernn's avatar
yeah, I thank you, too.
dev-shooter's avatar
Thank you very much for such exhausting answer :)
MyPaideia's avatar
Wow! This is so atmospheric! I like this old tree without leaves and its small twigs! It looks really beautiful and gives some sort of feeling of movement!
Would You agree with, if I'd took Your picture like inspiration and would paint it?
CapturingTheNight's avatar
Your English is fine. Thank you very much for the great feedback :D Feel free to have a go at painting it. Send me a link to it if you post a picture of the finished product online somewhere. I would love to see it.
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