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Watching for Santa Claus

The moon was gorgeous last night. Around 1:20 AM I went outside and was determined to try to take a good photo of it. I think this photo turned out decently but it's still not what I want. I really want a clear photo of the moon. Someday, I will get it!

 

To take this photo I turned my camera to manual exposure and set the shutter to a 15 second delay. I tried it at 20 and 30 seconds but it was way too much. I also tried it at 10 seconds but you couldn't see as much detail in the branches and the moon wasn't any clearer.

 

I also used ISO of 100. When I have tried this before I used 400 (the highest my camera goes to) the results were either too grainy or too much light entering the lens resulting in a white image.

 

The aperture of this photo is 2.8. You can view the other properties of this photo via the "More Properties" link to the right.

 

I've been reading some more about astro-photography using a point and shoot camera which is all I have at the moment. The next time I go out and shoot I am going to change my sharpening settings around and see what kind of photos I get by turning the sharpening down (because with my camera I can't turn sharpening off) which was suggested here. Also, as suggested I am going to try using Infinity focus instead of center focus which is what I used in the photo above.

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Taken on December 25, 2007