The best I could do with tonight's Lunar Eclipse. Seeing was piss poor here in Chicago and we had a fairly bad cloud cover. This was definitely a challenge, during the full eclipse is was so dark it was hard to get a good read on focus and balancing ISO and exposure time.
Camera: Sony Nex 5N
Lens : 55-210mm
It's a fair effort although a lot of noise due to the high ISO but considering the conditions, that's to be expected.
There's a surprising amount of detail in the moon despite the noise which is cool :D
I have found that when it comes to taking pictures of the moon I preset my focus at infinity with the proper compensation value based on temp (since my lenses all have an additional range past infinity for IR and temp changes). Then I mostly run a manual exposure setting the entire time. Its also helpful to have a image stabelized lens and activate the stabelization if possible right before your exposure the extreme black around the image often causes image stabelization systems to follow the moon on its path than, This only works if your camera is on a tripod at the same time. But for canon IS lenses its a really effective little trick for short exposure moon pictures.
I am glad someone was able to get pictures clouds where to thick here :\
My advice for moon shots is:
I should probably mention when I use the IS trick I am typically shooting at high shutter speeds of the 1/1000th range since I am usually using a 800mm focal length. much lower than 1/2 the size of your focal length and it likely won't be beneficial at all.
Here's an image someone posted last night from other forums I frequent.
He used a Tamron 150-600mm then he stacked a 2x TC and 1.4x TC for 1680mm lol.
EDIT: Oh and if you look in the set, the red out of focus blob? ....That's Mars.........
Yeah, the moon is a fairly fun and easy target and is always fun. I like shooting a bunch of shots through my telescope and stitching them together. After using the barlow its more like a huge 2400mm lens!
@YoThatLimp: Those are freaking awesome :D
When my church asked me to take pictures at the Good Friday service, I wasn't expecting there to be a casket up front. However, in retrospect, it was a nice touch.
Also, a quick piece of advice if you ever need to shoot a band that is washed in colored light: no amount of white-balancing in the world can "fix" skin tone so you should always just convert the image to black and white.
Over 700 people attended our three services, 22 people were baptized, and we had a bunch of food and games outside for the neighborhood to enjoy.
It was easily the most memorable Easter weekend we’ve ever had.
@mclaren777: lol I hate you for shooting in ISO 3200 and getting such a clean image :P
Camera: Sony Nex 5N
Lens - Canon FD 50mm 1.4
I probably would have tweaked the white balance a little more, but I really like that shot.
So my monitor is on the fritz. I ordered a new one, but I know the levels and colors are way off in places on these. But still felt like sharing them
Last weekend at the marsh.
Chance shot. Duck Was flying right at me out of the pond, then over me. Was really Happy with how this shot out of the series came out.
Yesterday at the Botanical Gardens, So many wonderful colors. So mad my monitor isn't working right.
If your wondering why my shutter speeds are so high While shooting flowers. Its cause I am shooting mid day while its quite windy.
@mclaren777: In what way would you have tweaked it? I usually keep portraits rather warm, specially when they're of kids and in this case we were sitting right next to a fire too lol. Also for future reference if I post an image and anyone wants to play around with it and post it I'm totally fine with that.
@TsunamiJuan: Nice sharp shot of the duck, prolly just needs the shadows or blacks brought up a little so you can see more details in the feathers around it's head.
@mclaren777: In what way would you have tweaked it?
I would have cooled it down just a little bit more. I realize the artificial light is causing problems, but I would like to see his teeth be white-ish.
Yeah that's fair enough. Cooling it down so his teeth are white takes away a lot of the warmth that makes the overall image. Can always dodge his teeth a little or selectively change white balance on them. Just need to make sure it doesn't look unnatural considering the setting.
- Camera Maker: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP.
- Camera Model: E-M1
- Lens: OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8
- Image Date: 2014-04-28 17:44:51 +0000
- Focal Length: 17mm (35mm equivalent: 34mm)
- Aperture: f/4.0
- Exposure Time: 30.000 s
- ISO equiv: 200
- Exposure Bias: none
- Metering Mode: Matrix
- Exposure: Manual
- Exposure Mode: Manual
- White Balance: Auto
- Flash Fired: No
- Orientation: Normal
- Software: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
Love the colors in this one!
I agree. That is easily my favorite picture that stenchlord has shared.
lol thanks :D
Back in 2006 I was at the same spot and captured this (was in the lead up to New Years so the bridge was being prepared). Bridge was lit up much better then too because of it.
I much prefer the new, darker image.