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Cheers. This was just Tuesday this week. I left the house at six to drive up to Steel Rigg to try and catch the sun coming up. Got a couple of shots off but the weather turned so I dropped down to Allenbanks and took photo's around the woods there instead (where the river pic is from).

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Lovely shot!

 

Can I ask what settings you used? I'm presuming a slow shutter speed and higher apperture?

 

I'm just getting used to manual settings as only had the camera a few weeks so this kind of info would help me understand how to take good shots.

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Sure:

 

Exposure 2.5

Aperture f/16.0

Focal Length 18 mm

ISO Speed 200

 

And using a tripod is of course a must.

 

Edit : I also used a polarising filter to reduce glare on the surface of the water.

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Sure:

 

Exposure 2.5

Aperture f/16.0

Focal Length 18 mm

ISO Speed 200

 

And using a tripod is of course a must.

 

Edit : I also used a polarising filter to reduce glare on the surface of the water.

 

Cheers for that! Thats kind of the rough area I was expecting... although the shutter speed is slower then I imagined but seeing as you used a tripod I get how you managed that without camera shake. I think I need to invest in a decent tripod at some point.

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Great picture but what really makes it for me is your signature underneath which says "You may say I'm a dreamer" and there's yer kid seemingly trying to climb a wall impossibly high for him.... not sure that was intentional but its great none the less.

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It wasn't, but good spot. I do title my images and sometimes put descriptions with them. I think a word/title or description can help fill out what an image represents.

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The moon is a tricky subject at the best of times. But, I thought during my recent holiday I had a couple of perfect chances to try and capture it. It was a completely clear night and as I was in the middle of nowhere (well, Sherwood Forest), there was little or no light pollution. The first thing I knew was that I needed to get the camera as steady as I possibly could. These were the steps I took for that part :

 

* Tripod - Essential of course. For this I use a trekpod pro and to be fair isnt the best for this. Good for walking but not the sturdiest as it has a low centre of gravity. This I think was one problem

* Remote release - I use a Nikon wireless remote. Pressing the shutter causes movement so this was eliminated

* Mirror lock up - option within the camera. The mirror can cause a small amount of vibration. Very tiny, but it all counts

* VR off - VR is Nikon's vibration reduction. Good for handheld but has a counter effect if used on a tripod.

 

So that was that. The lens had to be my telephoto which is the Nikkor 300mm. This gives a focal length of 450mm. The main settings of the camera for the partial shot were then:

 

* Exposure 1/25 (0.04 sec)

* Aperture f/11

* ISO 100

* Spot Metering

 

I did make some changed when I took the photo of the full moon and these were:

 

* Exposure 1/250 (0.004 sec)

* Aperture f/14

* ISO 200

* Spot Metering

 

Other than that, I focussed using auto focus and then switched the focus to manual. I did recheck this from time to time. Other than that, it was just a case of tweeking setting in between shots before I came up with these. The tripod did wobble some (see above) and it meant looking in the viewfinder until it was steady before firing the remote.

 

While these are my best attempts to date. I'm not totally satisfied. I want more detail and I think there is blur here. Question is, where did I go wrong? Or what else could I have done?

 

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Second one is considerably better than the first. Crater definition is clearer.

 

See what you mean by it's still not perfect though. Just a thought but do you increase the exposure to let more light in?

 

Aye. The longer the exposure the longer you let light through the lens.

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Second one is considerably better than the first. Crater definition is clearer.

 

See what you mean by it's still not perfect though. Just a thought but do you increase the exposure to let more light in?

 

Aye. The longer the exposure the longer you let light through the lens.

 

Sorry, didn't mean it as a question, more of a suggestion.

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Second one is considerably better than the first. Crater definition is clearer.

 

See what you mean by it's still not perfect though. Just a thought but do you increase the exposure to let more light in?

 

Aye. The longer the exposure the longer you let light through the lens.

 

Sorry, didn't mean it as a question, more of a suggestion.

 

Oh ;)

 

I done loads of tweaking for this shot. Took around 30 or so images at different settings. differrent exposures, ISO levels, f stops and so on. the issue wasnt so much light, which is there is a bundle of coming from the moon, but clarity/focus. I think two things might improve what I can capture of the moon. I know I need a new tripod. Im using a trekpod which has a very low centre of gravity. this means its not 100% sturdy. So Im hoping to pick up a decent manfrotto or something. Next I guess would be the lens. If I could maybe get extension rings (which Id quite like anyway) I could get approx another 1.5 magnification. I could then get the same size image, but have not zoomed in as much. When I look on Flickr, some of the best shots of the moon have used like 1500mm!

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The moon is a tricky subject at the best of times. But, I thought during my recent holiday I had a couple of perfect chances to try and capture it. It was a completely clear night and as I was in the middle of nowhere (well, Sherwood Forest), there was little or no light pollution. The first thing I knew was that I needed to get the camera as steady as I possibly could. These were the steps I took for that part :

 

* Tripod - Essential of course. For this I use a trekpod pro and to be fair isnt the best for this. Good for walking but not the sturdiest as it has a low centre of gravity. This I think was one problem

* Remote release - I use a Nikon wireless remote. Pressing the shutter causes movement so this was eliminated

* Mirror lock up - option within the camera. The mirror can cause a small amount of vibration. Very tiny, but it all counts

* VR off - VR is Nikon's vibration reduction. Good for handheld but has a counter effect if used on a tripod.

 

So that was that. The lens had to be my telephoto which is the Nikkor 300mm. This gives a focal length of 450mm. The main settings of the camera for the partial shot were then:

 

* Exposure 1/25 (0.04 sec)

* Aperture f/11

* ISO 100

* Spot Metering

 

I did make some changed when I took the photo of the full moon and these were:

 

* Exposure 1/250 (0.004 sec)

* Aperture f/14

* ISO 200

* Spot Metering

 

Other than that, I focussed using auto focus and then switched the focus to manual. I did recheck this from time to time. Other than that, it was just a case of tweeking setting in between shots before I came up with these. The tripod did wobble some (see above) and it meant looking in the viewfinder until it was steady before firing the remote.

 

While these are my best attempts to date. I'm not totally satisfied. I want more detail and I think there is blur here. Question is, where did I go wrong? Or what else could I have done?

 

5106391283_9ab149e21d_z.jpg

5106391371_ab1b18198a_z.jpg

 

 

Cool images... especially the 2nd. Its amazing the detail you can get just using a camera and not a telescope... yes I know the lense is allwoing you to do this but its still impressive none the less

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