Shooting the Moon at a New Time

Last week we were coming home just after the sun went down during what I call the blue hour. It is the time when the light is even all around you. I wanted to try and shoot it at a different time when it was a bit lighter. I wondered if I could pull a bit more detail out of it that way. I put my 1.4x extender on my Canon 400mm lens to give me a little extra reach. Since I would be at a low ISO I also used my Canon 7D Mark II to get even more reach. I made a couple of test frames to get the exposure right, and then made the photo that you see above. It seems as if shooting the moon is an easy thing to do, but it is not as simple as it sounds. What can make things easier for you though is to expose for the moon. Take your camera off any automatic setting that it is on and put it in manual mode. Now you can set your exposure to pick the moon. Your camera will try and pick an exposure to make the entire picture 18% gray, and you will end up with a blown out moon in any automatic exposure mode. One of my first 10 Tips… posts was about shooting the moon. I put together ten tips that I used to make much better moon shots into one post. You can find that post here. I have always been fascinated with the moon, and I enjoy making photos of it. For some reason the shot above is one of my favorites. The face of the moon has a bit more contrast to it with the moon is not full. The bottom of the moon here is pretty cool. One of these days I will rent a much larger lens to get in much tighter to the moon. I think it will be interesting to see the difference in the shot when I am not forced to use a tele converter on my lens. I know now though that with my success here that I don’t have to wait to shoot the moon. It is bright enough compared to the sky to get a good shot as the sun is fading.

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About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at www.davewegielphoto.net

One response »

  1. mvschulze says:

    Yes, a pretty shot. While trying to capture a plane with the moon I recently realized the benifit of shooting near sunset, allowing reliatively even lighting on each, so as not to silhouette the plane. Always watching those flight paths for oppertunities! And, some significant reach power is a must! M:-)

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