nathanrhoades PRO 2:26am, 31 March 2010
OK, had a great opportunity to get some cool shots of a full moon over the beach and surf. However, I think my results were less than good! Does anyone have any pointers for getting good moon shots??? In order to get enough light in the picture, the moon was blown out, to get detail in the moon, the shot was too dark. I tried everyting from short to long exposure, hight to low Iso, and opened and closed apetures without much luck!

Any advise would be appreciated!
brash recess [deleted] 8 years ago
Nate! you see how you brought the tree into the picure that to me adds to the subject rather then just the light reflecting off the waters.
Having that to me adds personality to the photo but with that said the bottom one is awesome i think
generationD3/D810 8 years ago
moostang78 8 years ago
I think whatever you did - turned out great! I really like both of these photos. Especially the one with the tree.
Stewart Imagery 8 years ago
I love the palm tree one too! Sorry I don't have any advice!
I like them both...especially the one with the palm tree!
GillianSpring 8 years ago
I love the moon and can never get a good working composition. I think you nailed it by using the water's reflection and the palm tree.
AmbiencePhotography1 8 years ago
Count me in two! I love them both, but especially the tree!
encouraging scale [deleted] 8 years ago
Though many digital cameras have an automatic setting for night shots, you’ll capture a photograph that has far more quality if you manually set ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. Start with an ISO of 100. The moon is the light source, and is brighter to your camera than you might think, so the risk of getting a grainy shot at a higher ISO is removed. Set the aperture at about f/11 (the higher the aperture, the less sharp the image), and exposure at 1/125. This is a “rule of thumb”, so you’ll probably fiddle around with these settings a bit. Also, set your camera to manual focus – auto focus sometimes gets confused on moon shots. Take some shots, and tweak aperture and shutter speed as appropriate
brash recess [deleted] 8 years ago
Nate! was the horizon your focal point or the tree with the rest in the background?
nathanrhoades PRO 8 years ago
Shooter, Both..... With the palm, I focused on the palm to get a sharp silhoute, the other was focused on the moon to try to capture the moon's details. That is why I was disapointed. I wanted the moon detail, but it was washed out no matter what I tried.
generationD3/D810 Posted 8 years ago. Edited by generationD3/D810 (member) 8 years ago
pick up this months Outdoor Photographer...there is an artical called Shooting the Moon
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