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09/24/2002 11:16:16 AM · #1
I have seen several really good moon shots here and wondered if anyone has any advice for me in shooting good moon shots. My problem is that I can sometimes get a good shot of the moon (showing detail) but then the foreground of my picture (the stuff here on earth) like trees are too dark. The other senario is the foreground has ok lighting but then the moon is just a big white orb. I have similar problems with sunsets/sunrise shots. What am I doing wrong? I have a Fuji 2900 but my husband has the Fuji S602 and I can't get it right with that either. I assume that I am just not using the right setting and hope someone can offer some ideas for me to try. Thanks!
09/24/2002 11:20:02 AM · #2
//www.danheller.com/moon.html
//www.netaxs.com/~mhmyers/moon.tn.html
//www.verian.org.uk/photographing.htm

Google. Good luck.
09/24/2002 11:25:25 AM · #3
Too many comments I could make....must....stop...typing....
09/24/2002 11:50:32 AM · #4
Unlike Gordon, I'm not going to restrain myself...

First thing you need for a good moon shot is a good moon. I suggest prowling the local mall to find a good model. It may take a lot of research to find the perfect moon to use so be prepared for hours and hours of looking. OK... I'll behave now. ;)

Some of my favorite shots of the moon are ones that show the ground clutter as black with a bright moon. You can use the trees to frame the moon. The trees and sky are the negative space (EEEK! I said negative space!) and by not having detail themselves, draw attention to the moon, which is probably what you want.

Mark
09/24/2002 11:59:49 AM · #5
I'm guessing that "moon" must be some sort of euphinism to our British pals?
09/24/2002 12:07:13 PM · #6
Originally posted by tjuneau13:
I have seen several really good moon shots here and wondered if anyone has any advice for me in shooting good moon shots. My problem is that I can sometimes get a good shot of the moon (showing detail) but then the foreground of my picture (the stuff here on earth) like trees are too dark. The other senario is the foreground has ok lighting but then the moon is just a big white orb. I have similar problems with sunsets/sunrise shots. What am I doing wrong? I have a Fuji 2900 but my husband has the Fuji S602 and I can't get it right with that either. I assume that I am just not using the right setting and hope someone can offer some ideas for me to try. Thanks!

For a more serious response:

It is very difficult to get the sort of thing you are talking about with
a single photo. The moon/ sunset/ sunrise is very bright, and everything
else is usually pretty dark, so you'd need a lot of what is called
dynamic range to get details in the bright parts at the same time as
in the shadows.

Most often people try to create pictures with interesting silhouette,
forcing the stuff on earth to be all black, and capture the colours in
the sunset/ sky/moon.

One thing that may work for you is to use fill flash to illuminate things
closer to you, while still capturing the sky details.

A 'moon' in the UK is what you see when someone drops their trousers
and points their backside towards you.

I'm deliberately avoiding words like drop their pants and point their
fanny at you, because again - that doesn't translate well UK <-> US!

But re-read the original question in that frame of mind and you might
understand some of the less sensible replies.
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