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    Was playing with my new Canon 5D mkIII and a 100-400 IS Lens last night

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    Nice shot but the image looks very noisy.

    I see you were shooting at ISO 20000 which is the reason for the noise. I assume this was to get a fast shutter speed (in this case 1/4000)? Is there any reason you needed such a fast shutter speed? Were you perhaps hand holding for this shot?

    I'd recommend using a tripod with a low ISO (100 - 400). This will result in a low shutter speed so you won't be able to hand hold this shot, hence the tripod. If you have a remote use that to trigger the camera (this will reduce camera shake). If you don't have a remote use the camera's timer and set it to 2 seconds. Pressing the button without the delay results in the camera moving on the tripod which can add some blur. And finally, if you're a perfectionist, use mirror lockup. As the mirror flips to take the shot the camera wobbles slightly. Using mirror lockup with eliminate this wobble and make your final image even sharper. (Note: You'll need to press the shutter button twice)

    I hope this all made sense. Good luck!
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    Thanks

    Yes had to keep the shutter fast, as I did not use a tripod. Was just playing around to see what the 5D does. Waiting for a full moon to do a proper setup.
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    You really don't need a very fast shutter speed.

    The moon is pretty much static, and with IS on your lens, you'll get good shots hand held.

    I took shots of the moon using the following: F9, 1/200s, ISO200 @ 500mm, hand held.

    For more moon shots, see this thread... http://4x4community.co.za/forum/show...highlight=moon
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    I finally got a good one...


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    Thats a good one

    Haven't seen any much better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airguitar View Post
    I finally got a good one...
    Absolutely excellent - camera settings? Lens?

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    Stunning photo, I can now delete mine :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agteros View Post
    Absolutely excellent - camera settings? Lens?

    Thanks!
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    1/100 sec,
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    ISO 200.

    I cropped the shot in quite a lot, and pulled back the exposure in Lightroom by 1.6 to darken up the sea of tranquility and give the moon more detail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airguitar View Post
    Thanks!
    Canon 60D,
    Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD SP AF,
    1/100 sec,
    f/7,1
    ISO 200.

    I cropped the shot in quite a lot, and pulled back the exposure in Lightroom by 1.6 to darken up the sea of tranquility and give the moon more detail.
    That is really well done, honestly, and nogal with a 300mm lens.... I to get that with my 400f2.8.

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    One I just did, I feel much better about it than the first one :-)

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    When taking dark shots, eg the moon or any night time shot it's ok to underexpose by 2 or even 3 stops when using evaluative metering mode. otherwise try using spot metering and the correct exposure. this prevents the camera from trying to expose the image like a day photo..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airguitar View Post
    When taking dark shots, eg the moon or any night time shot it's ok to underexpose by 2 or even 3 stops when using evaluative metering mode. otherwise try using spot metering and the correct exposure. this prevents the camera from trying to expose the image like a day photo..
    Thanks, I am using spot metering. Do you think my exposure is wrong ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boondog View Post
    Thanks, I am using spot metering. Do you think my exposure is wrong ?
    What camera, lens, settings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunchat View Post
    What camera, lens, settings?

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    Canon 5D mk III on Tripod

    EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6
    1/100 sec
    f/16
    ISO 200
    Spot Metering
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    Thanks for info.

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    Good work gentlemen!

    Boondog, I think your exposure is pretty much spot on!
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    The moon is my photographic Nemesis.
    While I have taken plenty shots of the moon I have never been happy.
    Really like Airguitar's "finally getting a good one"
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    Eye, it can be quite tricky!

    What I will say is this: atmospheric conditions make a huge difference. I think ideally you want a cold night after heavy rain (to wash the dust away)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    Eye, it can be quite tricky!

    What I will say is this: atmospheric conditions make a huge difference. I think ideally you want a cold night after heavy rain (to wash the dust away)?
    Yip and living in the JHB smog does not help. I think I need to plan a Khutse trip.

    But as Deon said the bug has bitten big :-)

    But I must admin, my dream is to get a shot of the moon over the ocean. But I think with general ocean mist and high moisture you must be really lucky to get the shot.
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