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December 5: A Lunar Attempt
Day 132 Lisa Carmichael

December 5: A Lunar Attempt

Studio City, CA

My first try at photographing the moon, which I've wanted to do ever since I got this lens. Not great, but I'll try again when it's larger and closer, around the 15th.

Canon EOS 350D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/125s f/2.8 at 200.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small original
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Andy Dixon09-Mar-2007 11:11
My moon pictures always come out way to bright, how did you do it.
Sean Blumenhein07-Dec-2005 19:27
Did you just moon me? Nice shot Lisa! Have you tried using the noice reduction in Photoshop?
Di07-Dec-2005 01:48
Better than any moon shot I've taken, girl. Well done, keep 'em comin'!
Guest 07-Dec-2005 00:36

A couple of thoughts from an amateur astronomer. The moon tends to be more interesting (to some anyway) when it isn't full. You'll notice a lot more detail on the day/night terminator than anywhere else, that's the part that can be "interesting". As the hours/days progress you can "explore" the surface as the terminator moves. A full moon doesn't have a terminator at all, the light is direct rather than from the side. You can think about lighting the moon just like any other photograph. Different angles produce different results, though flashes aren't as helpful. ;)

Also, the moon is actually receeding from us right now. You caught it at about it's closest for a while. It will receed until around the 21st when it will start getting closer again. The difference will be small, but you can notice it if you compare photos at the same focal length.

I guess what I'm saying is - why wait?
Lee Rudd06-Dec-2005 22:10
I saw a great 'face' in the moon this evening... well captured, but as Robin says, the moon needs less exposure than you think!
Sheena Woodhead06-Dec-2005 20:34
Robin Reid06-Dec-2005 04:03
Good start. Actually it is over-exposed. Remember the moon is reflect full daylight!
Ron S. Bernardo06-Dec-2005 01:54
Nice one Lisa!