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Moon Shot
Moon Shot
Dave Gordon


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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 990
Location: Goshen, NY
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: 1/59
ISO: 100
Shutter: f/4
Galleries: Sky, Nature
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2004

This is my first try at shooting the moon. I thank all the people who contributed to the thread on how a moon shot should be done. I just bought a 6X tele extender for my Nikon Coolpix 990, and this seemed the best way to try it out. Comments are of more value to me than ratings, in this case, as I'm trying to learn how to do this.

Statistics
Place: 95 out of 96
Avg (all users): 3.7514
Avg (commenters): 3.2174
Avg (participants): 3.5652
Avg (non-participants): 3.8661
Views since voting: 1012
Votes: 181
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)


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01/25/2004 08:35:41 PM
I just would like to had:

Apart from a sturdy tripod, use the TIMER.

Probably does not seems obvious, but its a great way to reduce camera shake from pressing the button and at 1/4 shutter speeed that small time you shake the camera to gently press the button turns out to be a lot. Set the timer, press the shutter and then dont even breathe near the camera :)

Mostly the timers are 10 seconds but some cameras like HP850 (I think) have a 2 seconds timer or maybe (even better) you can use a remote control like most Canons. You can find out by looking it up on your manual.
Hope it helps, I will be posting a couple of moon shots soon also.
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01/24/2004 10:55:46 AM
From the Critique Club

This shot seems to be exposed nicely but suffers from a lack of focus. I'm not sure how to help out much with that issue with your camera. The only things I can really do here are offer the suggestions that I've found useful in low light shooting environments and hope it applies to this one.

First and MOST IMPORTANT: use a tripod. You did not put that detail in your coments. In a low light environment, you have to deal in some way with camera shake. Easiest and most effective: Tripod!!! I see that you used a 6x extender. This will bring the image 6 times closer and also make any camera shake 6 times worse!

Next thing I can point out: take LOTS of shots. I am not familiar with your camera but I don't believe it has manual focus. With my camera (no manual focus either) I have to take MANY shots to make sure that I get the focus where I want it.

Lastly: don't get discouraged. Keep trying. Just because it didn't work tonight don't mean it won't work tomorrow!

Hope this helps. If you do take my advice and keep shooting, please post your best shots.
TC
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/18/2004 04:15:53 PM
Would be nice if it were a bit sharper... I know how hard it is to get a good shot of our interplanetary neighbor... :)
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01/18/2004 04:41:37 AM
out of focus
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01/17/2004 08:31:24 AM
Nice negative space, but the moon isnt sharp enough.
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01/16/2004 11:05:56 PM
Nice effort. Improved moon focus is needed.
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01/16/2004 10:24:23 PM
Appears blurry. Make little more creative title. Cliche'ish.
01/16/2004 08:17:54 PM
I wish it were in focus, but the composition is very effective with the moon in the upper left.
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01/15/2004 09:16:20 PM
This would be very hard to do and its a great idea to try it
How did you get it so close.
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01/15/2004 08:37:01 PM
Good exposure, it's too bad it's soft
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01/15/2004 05:29:43 PM
This is almost a great moon shot. It is a little blurry, but as someone who has been trying to get a good one also, I know how hard it can be (still haven't done it). The positioning is nice. Not the same "middle of the photograph" composition.
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01/15/2004 02:06:17 AM
Not quite in focus moon shot...
TC
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01/14/2004 10:50:54 PM
looks kind of out of focus
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01/14/2004 04:48:59 PM
Not just sharp enough
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01/13/2004 06:43:14 PM
Could be sharper.
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01/13/2004 10:13:37 AM
Good composition, could be a little sharper though.
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01/13/2004 07:10:07 AM
Too fuzzy to me..
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01/12/2004 08:41:12 PM
Technical: fits the challenge. Exposure lighting composition all good, focus is soft.

Personal: Not compelling or imaginitive enough for me.

My vote: 3
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01/12/2004 03:02:48 PM
Good try, but too blurry. I know how hard these shots are - I didn't submit one for this challenge!
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01/12/2004 12:54:13 PM
Too fuzzy...
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01/12/2004 12:17:57 PM
not sharp
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01/12/2004 10:29:10 AM
You need a tripod for long distant shots. The further the subject the more movement will affect your photo.
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01/12/2004 09:23:37 AM
Use a tripod anf focus manually if possible.
The moon is difficult to capture.
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01/12/2004 08:19:09 AM
I like the placement of the moon and its size - only negaive is that its a bit fuzzy.
01/12/2004 07:25:20 AM
A bit too soft and maybe a touch underexposed...
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