Tom Carnahan  

Waxing Moon –between new moon and full moon by Tom Carnahan

January 2022 - Waxing Moon –between new moon and full moon

About the Image(s)

I started taking photos of the moon in the last two months and would appreciate your experience and suggestions.

Photo Name Waxing Moon “between new moon and full moon
Date 10-15-21
Camera settings ISO 160
Lens setting 275 mm
F stop 14
Lens speed 1/160

Adjustments: Contrast, Shadows, Blacks, Texture, Clarity,
Sharpening, Detail, Masking

11 comments posted

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
I don't have much experience photographing the moon. I did go back and look at mine and yours is much superior. It is sharp enough that we can see many details. I think I would prefer it just a "tad" brighter, not much. You have inspired me to try again, myself. Thanks! Very well done!

  Posted: 01/03/2022 14:23:21

Leonid Shectman   Leonid Shectman
Nice moon shot   Posted: 01/03/2022 16:08:40

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I don't know much about this subject, but I am pretty sure that the moon, being at a great distance, can be focused at infinity, and has no practical depth of field, so you can open up your aperture a few f-stops and then reduce the ISO or increase the shutter speed.   Posted: 01/07/2022 01:30:31

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Stephen, thanks for the information. The urge to photograph the moon started in Oct. after the urge to get up at the crack of dawn to capture the verity of our sunrises over Tampa Bay.
Your information would have saved much frustration. Thanks for the voice of experience.   Posted: 01/08/2022 10:32:34

Jon Joyce   Jon Joyce
Excellent capture, Tom! Like Dorinda, I have always wanted a great moon shot in my portfolio, but up to this point have failed or have taken a picture of that is greatly inferior to the one that you have presented here. I think maybe the month you took the shot, October, is the month of the blue moon or close to it. So you had an advantage of a large target. The other thing I think lacking in my efforts was just using too short of a lens. So thanks for the inspiration Tom. I will give it another try.   Posted: 01/10/2022 13:29:04

Judy Merson   Judy Merson
Great sharp capture of the moon I took an image of the full Blue Moon in November 2020 I plan to use it in composites   Posted: 01/11/2022 17:03:48

Jody Coker   Jody Coker
Nice shot Tom. I agree with Stephen, you need you need to use a faster capture time. If you are using a DSLR lock the shutter up and trigger the camera with a remote or set a timer so you don't introduce any vibration that will blur the image. Also you are right in shooting it when it isn't full, the shadows are where you find your detail.   Posted: 01/11/2022 19:48:59

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Thanks for the tips on delayed triggering. Used a 1 second delay but looks like a longer time and a higher capture time. Thanks   Posted: 01/12/2022 05:51:53

Robert Schleif   Robert Schleif
(Group 42)
The moon, whose width is half a degree, moves across the sky at a rate of about 360 degrees in 24 hours, thus taking about 2 min to move a distance equal to the width of the moon. If one had a long focal length lens and high resolution sensor, the moon might be 2,000 pixels across. Hence in 1/16 second, the moon would appear to move by one pixel width. Thus any shutter speed shorter than 1/16 second is more than adequate to "freeze" the motion of the moon. With respect to diffraction, for a typical camera, f/8 will generate a Airy disc about one pixel width. However, when viewed on a 10" print at a distance of a foot, the human eye would not see a circle of confusion until the aperture is smaller than about f/24 (See the depth of focus and diffraction calculators at Cambridge in Color.). With respect to exposure, the moon is in full sunlight, and so it is very brightly illuminated. Because the moon constitutes a small fraction of an image, one must however use manual control of the exposure. To have the largest dynamic range, it would be best to use the lowest ISO possible, which usually is 100. With my system, using Live view with a 200 mm focal length lens and magnifying the view by a factor of 10, even touching the cable of a cable release generated noticeable vibrations that took more than 5 seconds to die out. Thus, for the sharpest image one must use a tripod with cable release and a ten second timed release, and with a DSLR, lock the mirror up. Instead of a cable release, if one's camera has an interval timer, you could set it for 10 seconds, start it and let it shoot a three or four images, and just use the last one.   Posted: 01/13/2022 10:36:22

Jessica Manelis   Jessica Manelis
I have never taken pictures of the moon. And, I think this is an amazing shot. I wouldn't change anything.   Posted: 01/13/2022 14:06:06

Tom Carnahan   Tom Carnahan
Terrific explanation. Experimenting with night time photography at a verity of moon phases has given me some understanding on the data you outlined and I stress the word some. Using a 10 second delay on the shutter release should produce some better results. Thanks again for taking the time to explain in the detail you provided.   Posted: 01/13/2022 14:13:13


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