Moon photography

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Carsten Bauer, Dec 6, 2003.

  1. We've got a full moon at the moment, and I thought I'd take some
    photos with my Canon 90-300mm lens and 300D.

    But I get double images... does anyone know the trick to it?
    One is too dark, the other too bright...

    I have uploaded it to my server.
    Carsten Bauer, Dec 6, 2003
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  2. Carsten Bauer

    k Guest

    Had a look and what you're seeing is the result of internal reflections. I saw
    a stunning example of this taken by a student when he photographed the white
    lines of a road by headlight .. a nice set of white lines was also recorded in
    the sky. the lens in question was a new Sigma EX-PRO 28-70:2.8 .. ugh! Sigma
    always had terrible flare and internal reflections due to their element coating,
    but I was surprised after all their shrill claims and fantastic reviews that
    they still haven't overcome this problem.

    New lenses seem to exhibit this far more than the older lenses as lightness of
    weight (for AF reasons) takes priority over optical design.

    One student borrowed a friends AE-1 while her EOS-3 was in for a service.. when
    she got it back she dumped it and bought FD gear and lenses as she'd found far
    fewer problems and far better results with the old gear.

    go figure..

    I can't offer you much of a solution other than to suggest that if you have a
    bright light source in the viewfinder then you'd best center it precisely (and
    hope the lens elements are collimated well), and I'd also suggest that to
    increase image contrast and sharpness for all other shots, for chrissakes use a
    _good_ lens hood at all times.. a bellows lens hood if possible (or if you can
    afford one)


    k, Dec 6, 2003
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  3. That's waaay overexposed. The second dim image is an internal reflection in
    the lens.

    Use the sunny sixteen rule; the moon is a sunlit image.

    ie. 100 iso, 1/125, f/16. Some people recommend f/11. The reflection
    should all but disappear once you cut the exposure down, but if it doesn't
    you might need to try a different lens.

    Chris Robinson, Dec 6, 2003
  4. Ah great, thanks for the advice. Worked out great.
    Now all I need to do is get it to focus properely.
    Carsten Bauer, Dec 6, 2003
  5. Carsten Bauer

    Ubiquitous Guest

    You have a camera that you can control manually. This is one of those
    subjects where you have both the time and the reason to do so... focus it
    manually :) set the exposure manually, experiment! I'm not saying you
    shouldn't ask for advice, but have a read about photography, have a think
    about why something is looking way too overexposed ;) it isn't rocket
    science hehe
    Ubiquitous, Dec 6, 2003
  6. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Yup, that's it. My 300mm f5.6L does it too with long exposures.
    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  7. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Yes, and also by reducing the exposure you'll get a properly shaped moon
    rather than a kind of stretched out moon (due to it's movement while the
    shutter is open). Also, you'll get more detail in the moon surface (you
    can see it a bit in the 'underexposed' internal reflection).

    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  8. Carsten Bauer

    Ubiquitous Guest

    Don't think it has anything to do with the length of exposure, just the
    difference in brightness of subjects... same with flare/aperture star
    effects on streetlights at night.
    Ubiquitous, Dec 7, 2003
  9. Carsten Bauer

    MaxM3 Guest

    Hi Carsten,
    Those moon shots are way over exposed. Try 1/250th at f5.6 and bracket
    them faster till you get it right. You should see detail on the moon
    One advantage of digital is you can take 50 shots and find the best
    Use a tripod and cable release, remove any filters like a UV protector that
    may be
    causing the ghost. BTW the ghost shows detail.

    Good luck,
    MaxM3, Dec 7, 2003
  10. Carsten Bauer

    MaxM3 Guest

    Also set your manual focus to infinity as the
    average distance of Moon from Earth is 384,400 km

    MaxM3, Dec 7, 2003
  11. Hi Karl,

    Are you lecturer in photography at a uni somewhere?

    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Dec 7, 2003
  12. Carsten Bauer

    k Guest

    Have been, but not these past two years - i'm flat out as the senior photo tech
    at perth campus these days .. I've been promised more staff next year so I may
    get back into the lecturing .. or mebbe not.. ;-)

    k, Dec 7, 2003
  13. Senior Photo Tech.... very handy around here! Do you mind if we throw you
    at Miro every now and again? LOL :)
    AU Digital Photo Of The Day, Dec 7, 2003
  14. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Nah, is it partially to do with exposure length. The reflection is
    always there, not just with bright objects - but the reflection is not
    bright so with long exposures you see it and with short exposures you

    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  15. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Often, this doesn't give you the sharpest image. I find that the
    autofocus or careful manual focus works best.

    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  16. Carsten Bauer

    Ubiquitous Guest

    This is usually because lenses actually focus beyond infinity to allow for
    tolerances in manufacturing and also temperature etc. The markings on the
    lens that say infinity are only guides, you still need to look through the
    Ubiquitous, Dec 7, 2003
  17. Carsten Bauer

    Ubiquitous Guest

    I still maintain it is the difference in brightness, not the exposure
    length. Exposure length has absolutely nothing to do with the way light
    reflects in the lens. If you were to take a photo of the same scene except
    it was far brighter lit (equally across the entire scene), you would get the
    same reflections, even if it was only for 1/1000th of a second. I think what
    is confusing you is the fact that there is such disparity between the
    brightly lit and dark areas in night photography which NEEDS long exposures,
    but that doesn't mean that long exposures are the cause - they're just the
    result of that sort of photography.

    Bear in mind that Carsten's photos were only 1/8th of a second and had that
    same effect, hardly a 'long' exposure.
    Ubiquitous, Dec 7, 2003
  18. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Yeah, I completely agree with you. I never said that it was the exposure
    length that causes the reflections. What I said last time is that the
    reflections ARE there no matter what exposure you use. It's just that
    the reflections are much, much less bright than the rest of the image.
    Short exposures mean that they dont get exposed properly (well,
    actually, you just dont see them). I agree with you that they're more
    noticable in these situations with the disparity in brightness. My
    'shorter exposure' suggestion was just a way to remedy it. If you do a
    shorter exposure, you wont see the reflections. The other reason I
    suggested a shorter exposure was because the moon was blown out and
    Carsten would get more detail on the face of the moon by a shorter exposure.
    No, I never said that long exposures are the cause. Of course they're
    not the cause of the reflections, but the long exposures are, in part,
    the cause of their visibility.
    Well, it doesnt matter how it happens. If you do a shorter exposure, you
    will not see the reflections. That's how it happens with my lens.
    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  19. Carsten Bauer

    Scott Coutts Guest

    Yup, definitely. Focus to infinity will not produce the sharpest image
    (even of the stars in a night sky).
    Scott Coutts, Dec 7, 2003
  20. Carsten Bauer

    Rudi Guest

    For best results, try shooting through a telescope. This one was taken
    literally seconds before the start of a partial Lunar eclipse in 2001:

    More on my website (URL below).


    Rudi, Dec 7, 2003
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