Couldn't get any more detail because we have hazy skies tonight, rain expected tomorrow morning. Atmospheric disturbance didn't help any since the moon was about 35° above the horizon when I took these.
Yeah, that would be awesome, but yours is really good, it's a matter of right time, right place and seeing the possibility. If I were you I'd be tempted to send it to the marketing dept of a major airline, along with a cover letter, they may be interested!
Certain shots are really lucky like gardenpom's! One has to be in the right angle too at the right time and with the camera on the ready, when such a quick object as a plane shoots across! It's a lovely shot gardenpom! I love that.
I remembered this shot though the objects were stationary. Here, I could not hold the camera down a couple of inches as there was a wall. That way, I could have had the bird in the centre of the moon b/g.
Yes, National Security Dinu.
I accidentally took pictures of a secret golf course just below the small bright crater in the upper left hand corner on the moon that no one is supposed to know about.. (lol)
- don't know, it works for me when I click on it maybe server problem?
Here, try this one taken an hour later at 10:06 pm EST
Watercan2, if I say anything more you have already planned to tell me next, that you saw the brand name on Tiger Woods' Golf club or the number embossed on it! Today, it is cloudy here and the moon is playing hide n'seek.
This is the same view as the sun was coming up behind me and the moon was getting lower in the sky. That early morning golden sunlight lit up the grasses and cacti. A huge difference for a few minutes.
Any eclipse photos? Wish we could have seen it here. It was cool on the webcams, but not like the real thing.
There was another good photo op last Tuesday night - one night before the eclipse. This opportunity was the opposite situation as my last shots. The moon was rising as the sun was setting. I got these shooting from the parking garage at the Kemah Boardwalk.
The bird did fly right past the moon and I did get the shot, but he was in a very weird flight postition and looked more like a blob than a bird. Rats. That could have been a really good one. Oh well, I get to try it again.
Lunar Eclipse. Yes. Sleep had got the better of me during the best part and I missed the 'orange' moon. But Nature woke me up at about quarter past three and I got the ending phase of the shadow leaving the moon. Here it is. The eclipse lasted for 100 minutes and I feel bad having missed it.
Dinu, Thank you. I didn't do hardly anything to that photo. That is just a magical time and it worked out perfectly. I did lower the exposure just a little so that all of the color in the sky would show up better. That made the trees a little dark, but I wanted the sky color.
The sky opposite where the sun is setting is sometimes even more colorful that the actual sunset and it just gets better and better. Later, the sky was a dark purple and so gorgeous, but the moon was too high then. When I go out to shoot sunrises or sunsets, I usually bring two cameras and two tripods and shoot both directions. In this case, I was just shooting the sky opposite the sunset since the moon was rising there. It was so beautiful to see. I need to check to see when this will happen again or when the opposite (sunrise and moonset in opposite skies) will happen again. I don't want to miss it.
Ohh well, I think they'll be another one of 'those' around 2020 give or take a decade or so.. but lunar eclipses which are not as long are relatively common. Very nice exposure on the moon, nice soft shadows compliment the feeling of the pic.
An hour before I went to bed and two hours before the eclipse began, I had tried this shot and set the camera on 1/250s and f/7.1 which gave me this. So I used the same setting to shoot the eclipse when I woke up later. I'm glad it turned out well.
Thanks Patti for the explanation. I too love the sky colours and how they can change shades in a matter of a couple of seconds!
Yes, it's a 22° halo the most common type, it's more of a rare occurrence around the moon than the sun. Light is refracted through ice crystals in the troposphere causing this effect. Usually blue is seen on the outside of the halo and red on the inside due to the angle of incidence of the light source on the crystals.
Thanks...I am always shooting the moon, however looking at both your shots, Patti and Watercan, mine are no comparison. You both have some great moon shots. One day I'll have enough pennies saved for a better camera...hopefully. But until then I never give up on the perfect shot...lol.
I like that last one too! The Nikon Coolpix 4800 should be able to give you a very decent pic, and so far the results that I see confirm that. You may want to try using spot metering I believe you can switch to this mode by using manual focus select on the subject, - (using a tripod also of course), pg 74 of your manual assuming you are using this camera will give you more details on how to use this mode.
- You're doing fine, just practice a lot when you feel you want to experiment. ☺
Why indeed, maybe too quick to 'bite' then.. I still don't see where I referenced you or your picture while asking Dinu if he had any recent shots, I know his style.. so I dont see where I offended you.
- Might want to try a roast beef sandwich instead, - much more fulfilling! ^_^
No, you didn't reference my photos and you still have not explained what you meant by the comment. And, please don't mistake my curiosity as offense taken. I have no reason to take offense or to be guilty. I just wanted to understand what the comment meant.
Since I'm quite sure others that enjoy this thread are not interested in this exchange, I will no longer persist in highjacking the thread.
I wonder, has Dave’s Garden appointed an arbiter of photo post-processing standards? Is there a list of rules about what software can and cannot be used, and how it should or should not be used?
Or, more likely: is this simply a self-appointed position? If that’s the case, then, gosh, it’s nobody’s business, and it’s just mean-spirited and bullyish to obliquely impugn someone for how they choose to post-process their photos. Most photo software offer tweaks, like contrast, sharpness, exposure, etc., and most photos will benefit from these enhancements. It’s certainly legitimate to take advantage of them! Tsk.
Please note, I am NOT talking about add-on filters such as Topaz, but rather the adjustments native to programs like PhotoShop, PhotoShop Elements, and Paint Shop Pro. (And many others too numerous to list …)
No matter … here’s a daytime MOON and SUN flowers, taken this morning and post-processed in PhotoShop (auto contrast and unsharp mask) …
Well it seems some are more sensitive than others when it comes to the question of photo manipulation. Especially when noted that some perceive a threat at the slightest mention of the subject. It seems unfortunate that those people would like to silence or bury any reference to the practice. If someone wants to doctor their photos using these post processing techniques that is indeed their business. Of course a newbie who wishes to excel in the practice of astro-photography will be as a result confused when trying to take a picture that is comparable to what she/ he sees on the thread. In that respect I personally feel a disclosure of the technique should be added so the novice will not assume the impossible is reachable with their usually limited equipment and software.
This thread has evolved into not only a gallery but an educational tool as well, something unique when it comes to the photo forum. The novice has enough trouble trying to catch an image of a subject that is moving without having to try to match a picture that is infused with special effects from programs and techniques far beyond their capabilities. Personally I wouldnt try to teach a driver who started to learn how to drive by taking them on a spin in a Masaratti, it's just not fair to the novice.
That's my opinion, and the courtesy I offer to others.. I have shots taken here with both a high powered telescope and a simple point and shoot. the explanations and techniques used are visible to all who wish to go into more detail, that is meant to allow anyone to achieve comparable results if the techniques are employed using those instruments, I feel it's just a matter of courtesy to those who may be trying to match my photos. It's not just an Oooo/ Ahhh! forum, people actually learn things here to improve their shots.
Okay. I guess I get it now. I suspected that your original jab was aimed at Jubilada. I never thought that you were aiming it at me, although you have accused me of feeling guilty and also of taking offense. I must say that I do not appreciate your accusations and calling me "sensitive" won't make them any less egregious.
As far as photo editing goes, I will try to explain how both Jubilada and I use it so that maybe you can understand. We both feel that small crops, and adjusting white balance, exposure, saturation and contrast are all perfectly normal and when one shoots in raw as opposed to jpeg, these adjustments are necessary. The camera does not make them for the user as it does when shooting in some type of picture style with jpegs. I am sure that you know this since you shoot a dSLR.
We also enjoy using other programs such as Topaz, Photomatix, Fotosketcher, plug-ins for Photoshop such as Pixel Bender, and many more photo enhancing programs.
Here's where you need to pay attention. When we use those programs, we consider that more than the "normal" tweaks and we post those photos in the Photo Editing thread. If either of us posts a photo in this thread or any other thread or in my case on any other photo forum, we clearly point out if we have used any tweaks above or beyond the "normal" edits. If we have not pointed out using one of those programs, then we didn't! And your implications otherwise are wrong and insulting.
I certainly don't want a fight ... I just want people to behave in a fair and adult manner ... casting "unfounded" aspersions is neither ... and to what end? Self-aggrandizement? Making one feel more powerful, more whole, more important ...??? Pshaw! and fiddlesticks!
Well can't say I expected more from the SFX guys, you both miss the point. There is no implication either than the one perceived in your own minds . You're both very quick to attack and have been wanting a showdown on my opinions on special effects when mixed with regular photos, - and no, I am experienced enough in this field to know when a picture doesn't 'jive' with the numbers. Those who take pleasure in putting up a picture to fool the rest of the viewers into beliving it's the real thing will do so regardless and swear on the Bible they're legit - but those who know better won't be fooled that easily. Here's where you have to take note Patti - "you can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time."
When I insult a person I do it directly, no if ands or buts, - you'll know it when you see it.
But in truth since you are both Barking up the wrong tree I still find your responses ironically amusing to a large extent. If you dont like my opinions and responses that's just too bad. You guys really need to find another fire hydrant to relieve yourselves, this one stinks and it's exclusively thanks to both of you.
OK, WC, you say you can show things by the numbers ... please, enumerate for me, using my latest posts to this thread, photos I have posted that "fool" people--this of course would be for the benefit of "newbies," as you put it ... I'd like to know what it is you've discovered about the photos that I post here that would put me in an "imposter" category ... can you do that?
Frankly, this thread has not been ruined ... all is well ... nothing better than a little honest discourse ... and of course, we abhor the insidious ... as well as a void ...
WC2...thanks for taking the time to post my camera manual. Yes... that is my camera and even though I've had it for many years I am just recently discovering the tools it actually has. (recently became a young retiree, so more time on my hands) I'll read the page you informed me of. My husband has been reading my manual recently and discovered so many features this camera has and I have been able to take some really nice photos once he showed my how to use them, photos that in the past I've lost not utilizing the many extras this little camera has to offer. So thanks again for pointing out using manual focus feature...I"m going to practice and maybe get my moon as clear as your moon. Nice to have someone of more knowledge help a person newly discovering her camera. :)
You're welcome sunkissed, it was no trouble at all, my pleasure.
Good cameras nowadays are very complex. I often feel very lucky I learned on a totally manual camera, if I were to have started taking pics with today's cameras it would have been a truly daunting task.
I have found that shooting it during its waxing and waning phases brings out some detail as the sun is from an angle and the shadows of the craters are more pronounced. They are not clearly visible during the full moon view due to the sunlight falling directly on the craters and so not much effect is seen in photos. I took this in 2008 Sept. Panasonic FZ8, 12x zoom.
Having recently retired I again began to do some photography. In my teen and early 20's I did quite a bit of photography.
Marriage, kids and the cost of living kept me from anything but the everyday family/event shots.
Having developed and ruined many a roll of 35mm film I thought that digital photography was a gift from heaven for me.
Being retired, I have a limited income so when it came to purchasing a new camera I had to limit my desires some what.
After research I choose the Nikon P500. Doing mostly simple nature and landscapes it had the lens power and close-up I wanted.
Anyways, I never thought about a photo thread, so I was realy happy to find you folks.
I was "in the right place at the right time" Monday afternoon when I took these moon shots with my new camera.
Hope you enjoy and I am looking forward to learning some tips and tricks from all you guys.
Great moon shots dogwalker and Jubilada...I got that same moon last week while camping in North FL...and caught a bird flying by at sunset, pretty clouds lit up with setting sun behind the pines as the moon was rising...taken Dec. 7th
Saturday last we in India witnessed a spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse. It was the first time I got to photograph the totality as it was around dinner time and like earlier we need not have to stay awake in the wee hours of the night. My camera was doing better, but probably there is an issue with its AF and the shutter button which is going off at the half-way stage itself. Just a bit left to cover.. could not get it because I also had to be with my old friend who had been visiting at that very hour. I was moving up to take photos and coming down to him frequently. I've taken a few in stages of the eclipse.
And ending at 6:14 a.m. (when I threw in the towel ... it was too cold, the moon was not clearly visible, and of course no hope of AF because it was just too dark) ... a rather hazy (and cropped) image ...
Kwanjin, I'm a California sissy ... when I say it was freezing, I mean just that ... 32 degrees ... 17 degrees? I would not have gone outside! And, truth be told, I DID go in between a couple of shots ...
Very nice shot Jubilada, really see the detail of the moon so clearly, the added tree silhouette is a nice touch.
I went outside really late last night and laid in my hammock and watch the moon dodging in and out of some fast moving clouds...I almost fell asleep, until I heard the buzzing of mosquitoes that found me. ☺
Kevin Adams is a very well known night photographer. Among all of his night images, he does some incredible moon and star shots. He has a monthly newsletter that gives the dates for good moon, planet and star photos. Here are some of the entries for April for those of you that might be interested in trying some shots:
April 17 - 19: Crescent moon shines low in the morning twilight sky. Very nice to get a photo of the crescent moon when the sky is that lovely purple twilight color instead of the usual blacked out sky we normally see. The good thing about photographing the moon at this time is that you can expose the moon and something in the foreground (old building, tree, etc.) with the same exposure. Just take several photos starting when it is a bit too dark and continuing until it is too light. You will discover the "perfect" time when the light is just right. But, all of the images will likely be nice ones.
April 21 - New Moon. (No moon.) This is a good time to photograph the stars since there will be no light pollution from the moon.
April 22 - Jupiter shines below a very thin crescent moon in the dusk, twilight sky with Venus high above.
April 23 - Look for the crescent moon very close to the Pleiades Constellation in the evening western sky with Jupiter below and Venus above.
April 24 - The crescent moon and Venus lie close together in the evening twilight sky.
You can subscribe to his newsletter here if you'd like to see this type of info each month: http://www.kadamsphoto.com/nightphotography/
Just click on the purple link over on the right side of the page and sign up. Cool stuff!
Thanks P_Edens. Saw some of Adams' shots. Amazing! Thanks for the info about the dates. Will watch out. Today I read in our local paper that Saturn is opposing and will be at its best view on 15th April as its tilt will show its lovely rings. Eastern sky, evening. Of course, a telescope is needed to view rings.
Moon is quite bright at night now. I always enjoy looking at it when I get up once at night. Moonsets in the morning are also a wonderful phenomenon. I sometimes enjoy it if it is there during my morning walk.
Dinu, You are welcome. The info about Saturn was in the newsletter too. I just pulled out mostly the moon info. You can actually see Saturn's rings with a good pair of binoculars. You might have to brace them against a car or a wall or something since it's hard to hold them steady, but you can see the rings.
Tonight is the night to get some awesome moon shots just before, during and after sunset when it will be rising. And tomorrow is when we'll have a super moon. I don't think it will be all that noticeable, but the full moon will be very close to earth in its orbit, so will look somewhat larger than usual.
Cloudy sky here as well, at times. 30%? Not too sure about it. But we can notice a vivid brightness of the coolness!! I did notice it last year during the super moon, even though the supposed larger size was not as much as it was thought. Moonlight was brighter.
I think that reporter was confusing size with brightness. Here's what the SciGuy, Eric Berger, Houston Chronicle, has to say and note that the 14% larger size and 30% brighter comparisons are to the smallest, least bright, not the average size or brightness.
"By now you’ve probably heard about the “super” moon that’s coming Saturday night. There’s been a lot of hype. And I’m glad astronomy is being talked about. But let’s be real. Most people, if they’re being honest, won’t be able to tell the difference between a “super” moon and a regular moon.
This Saturday, at 10:34 p.m. CT, the moon ... will appear 14 percent larger than its smallest (most distant) version, and 30 percent brighter than its most dim version. Sounds like a big deal, but without a frame of reference it will probably be hard to tell the difference."
So, what I glean from this is that it will look maybe ~5% larger than average and ~10% brighter than average??
LOL, that's the media for you. Although, all that being said, I went out tonight and I think it did appear larger than usual. Maybe my imagination, but I look forward to hearing what others think. Hopefully, I'll be able to see it tomorrow. It was supposed to be cloudy tonight and tomorrow, but was okay tonight.
I grossly misjudged where the moon would come up, so I didn't get the shot I wanted. I wanted to get it right next to the tower so I could zoom in more and have a larger moon in the frame. To do that, I would have had to go swimming. ^_^ There were too many trees from that angle.
Canon 50D set for RAW files, 18 - 85mm Kit lens at 35mm, 1/13th second, f25, ISO 100, Av, Evaluative Meter at -1 exposure compensation, tripod, no flash, slight crop.
I had to remove a few dust bunnies and since I shot it underexposed, I had to do a little noise removal. Other than those two things, I only did the usual tweaks in Adobe Camera Raw.
You got a lovely colour scenery, Patti. I could not remember when sun went down. I remembered when the sun was down an hour ago, at 8 pm. So I could not get a blue sky. I also don't know when it had risen. I was indoors. Will try tomorrow.
I tried some shots of the moon an hour ago, at about 8 pm. Sharing one here. The moon is looking larger. Some clouds were present, like a haze. Last night when I had got up to attend Nature call, I went to the open yard and saw a lovely bright moonlight. It is certainly brighter than other full moon nights. Here I tried to keep something for scale and I found the fiddlewood tree's flower spikes about 50 ft. away. I had zoomed 12x in my FZ8 Panasonic camera. 1/160, f/4, ISO 200. Cropped about 50% all round.
My camera gets noticeable noise at as low as 200> ISO. Seen on the last one, which is a cropped image. I used a tripod and went for a 2s timer. All of them in fact. Some other shots I took were not good - the moon and the cloud haze glare was too much I thought. As such, the entire area around the moon was filled w/light. The second pic above has very less of it. So you can imagine. I deleted all the photos which were like that.
The last super-moon (3-19-2011) we were camping in the woods, you should have seen us trying to find a spot out of the trees that we could even see the moon coming up. We had about ten of us racing all around on our bikes just to photograph the moon. It was a real hoot.
We finally found the moon coming up, the first photo is all of us racing on our bikes trying to find an open spot to see the moon. The last two were the next morning before it went down below the horizon.
Patti, wonderful moon shot composition! Very pretty!
Nice shots from you, too, Dinu! Especially that "mystical moon."
Sunkissed ... looks like you all had a swell time chasing down the moon! Nice morning reflection shot.
I went out to the Baylands and the Duckpond to try and get some moon shots last night. Moonrise was 6:45 p.m., and sunset was 8:00 p.m. We got out there around 7 p.m. Could not even see the moon at first, and it didn't become "photographically visible" until after 7 p.m. It was cold and windy, but I stuck it out until 8 p.m. All shots with Canon Rebel T2i, 18-275 zoom, ISO 100, and varying shutter speeds and apertures (mostly f22, but maybe some f11s and f8s). All processed in RAW. No noise reduction. Sometimes lens correction and CA removal. Here are some of the relatively successful ones ...
1 -- 7:20 p.m. (you can see it's very hazy)
2 -- 7:45 p.m. (cropped)
3 -- 7:49 p.m.
4 -- 7:53 p.m.
5 -- 7:59 p.m. just the moon (not cropped) at full zoom
Thanks Patti and Jubilada.
Jubilada you did get some pretty nice shots, so clear. I was out last night at a Cinco de Mayo party and the moon was so bright, but no photos. I'd love to head over to the beach and catch it rising, but might have thunderstorms tonight. Our morning on line news has some really great shots of the moon that were sent in by people. The shots over water are great but the shot over Cape Canaveral is really great, worth a look.
I'm uploading these shots taken less than half an hour ago and the time now is about 8.15 pm. I had to climb the tiled roof to reach the top balcony /terrace to get a low horizon view of the moon. Have to go there because the neighbour's tall trees obstruct. I had raised the ISO in some images and so there is noise in them. I also tried 200 which was ok. My camera max. is 1250.
Sunset here is around 7pm. No idea when the moon had risen. It is in the direction where the hill is. So anyway, from our house we can't see the horizon, besides other obstructions.
1. Again, I've kept something in the picture to compare the size of the moon disc.
2. Same, zoomed.
3. That reflection at the bottom is the solar panel. Both the reflected and the real moon are seen.
4. Slight cloud cover. 12x zoom and cropped.
5. Unedited image. The hill is seen in the background. Mysore's landmark hill.
Isn't it so nice to have people with the same interest moving around! Lucky. Biking and waiting for moonrise. What did you do for this year's Supermoon celebration?
Moon set shot this morning. Neighbour's tamarind tree provides a foreground. The sun had risen on the opposite side and the sky was getting its pleasing blue colour. I had kept my tea there and it got colder by the time I was happy with a few shots.
I must add that last night's moonlight was brilliant and bright and I think all of Mysore was lit... like a bright 'bed light'. I really enjoyed it. Sleep interruption was worth!
Out of about 30 photos, I did get a couple of images of the Venus Transit that I liked. The clouds were a real problem. I had to wait for the sun to get in a clear spot and then shoot fast. I got really lucky with the birds flying through one of my shots. It wasn't the best focused on the spot, but it is a favorite because of the birds.I didn't even know I got it until I got home and loaded the images on my computer. All luck.
Kwanjin, Your first one is really nice and sharp! I was having a hard time getting that spot in focus. I was using Live View, but even with a tripod, the image was moving around too much. I'm glad to see that the other spots were really there. I wondered if they were dust on my sensor. I wonder what they are? Sunspots? I don't know much about the sun.
Thanks bootandall, kwanjin and Jubilada. Appreciate the kind words, but that really was just a lucky shot. Kwanjin, thanks for the info on the other spots. I need to read up on that and learn more about sunspots.
Since this thread is about the moon, I'll show how bright the moon and light was on *foolmuun* a few days ago. Next, I'll show how the sky was, when we expected to have a clear sky to watch the historic Venus transit. In fact, I was to lose patience and then do something indoors later on. But when I saw a photo taken by a fellow citizen in the same evening's paper, I kicked myself! I took this picture and waited for some 20 minutes and this was around half past seven. The photo in the paper said it was taken by that lucky fellow from his telescope around half past nine! I have missed many things in life and this gets added to that list!
Patti and kwanjin... nice shots. You did it for me! Venus was seen here [paper photo] at about the "11 O'Clock" position. You saw it at about the "3 O'Clock" position.
Great shots Patti, kwanjin and Dinu. We were vacationing in Ft. Myers on the beach during the full moon. Unfortunately it was too cloudy to see it most the week. But I did get the moon setting from our screen porch at 5:50 in the morning over the Gulf of Mexico. That was the last we ever saw the moon all week long.
Dinu, That's a beautiful full moon! So sorry you missed the transit, but there will be more night sky opportunities.
Sunkisssed, Wow. That is an awesome photo. Great idea to shoot through the screen. It adds wonderful texture to the photo and makes it look like a painting.
As per Kevin Adams, night photography guru, we should have a good night sky photo op mid-month (15th, 16th and 17th) in June when the crescent moon will have Jupiter, Venus and the Pleiades star cluster all fairly close together. It should be good for a somewhat wide angle composition. Hopefully we can include something on the ground for scale and interest. It might be cool to find an old tractor or something that you can paint with light while you photograph the moon and planets with a fairly long shutter speed. I might try to shoot it with a very small aperture (f22 for example) so the bright objects will give a starburst effect and using that small aperture (large f-number) will give me a longer shutter speed so I have time to paint something with my flashlight. Oh well, that's the plan. We'll see...
My moon from last night. Just moon and sky. No cool foreground. Hope to get an interesting foreground tonight in downtown Houston.
Shot with Canon 1D Mark IV, 400mm f/5.6 lens, 1/500 sec and at f5.6
No crop, but some serious noise reduction because I didn't have my tripod and had to crank the ISO up to 640 to get the shot handheld. Also removed a couple of dust bunnies. I need to clean my sensor. ^_^