Superbad, Supermoon.

Superbad, Supermoon.

It’s not easy photographing the moon! This is the best result of many camera settings and a whole lot of clicks. Camera settings: 400mm, 1/1000 shutter speed, f/5.6, shutter priority, manual white balance, ISO 3200, -3 exposure compensation, tripod, 2-second timer. This image is SOOC beside the crop and clean up of a tiny bit of noise.


11 thoughts on “Superbad, Supermoon.

  1. Great shot of the moon!! I went outside yesterday, too, and was a bit disappointed, because the moon didn’t seem any bigger than usual. It looked MUCH bigger Friday night, but of course I was too busy putting groceries away and then forgot all about going out to take pictures.

    • Groceries made you forget? Curse them! I saw the moon set Saturday morning due to a cat and dog waking us at 4:45. But, at the time, I couldn’t clear my head enough to get the shot. Good thing it was also clear that night!

  2. Shooting the moon is tricky!

    You want to keep your ISO low so to eliminate noise. Use complete Manual Mode so you can set all the settings without having the camera compensate. Tripod and remost cable release is a must.

    I shot a blue moon in 2009 ( ) and used the following settings for the main moon shot:

    600mm, F/22, 1/10s, +0.7EV, ISO 200, WB: Dir Sun, Matrix Metering

    Did some levels adjustments in post to boost contrast.

    • I tried manual mode and wasn’t having any luck also, I forgot my remote so I had to use the timer. The moon was moving so fast it was a challenge to keep track of it and keep it in focus. I was capturing it just as it rose above the horizon therefore the orange/yellow color. I’m looking forward to giving it another try using your suggestions. Thanks!

  3. That’s pretty cool how the color came out on yours. Is that from the exposure compensation? I want to keep trying to get a better shot. My zoom only goes to 250 though.

    • I tried many shots changing the exposure compensation simultaneously with the shutter speed. Also, I shoot RAW and JPG. 80% of the time the RAW image is much better since the JPG tries to gloss over most images and this was the case with the moon. The JPG’s were all glowy but the RAW image showed detail. For the first 30 min. or so this was the color of the moon as it rose. This photo makes it appear a bit more orange than it really was but it shows the detail much better.

  4. Great shot Becky! I’ve heard that the sunny f/16 rule works for moon exposures too, though I haven’t had a chance to try it out myself yet. Makes sense though, as the bright moon is lit by the same sun as a sunny day.

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