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November 17, 2013 - 49 went

November's Full Moon Over Alcatraz

Moonrise Over The Rock... Thanks Fred for another great moonrise meet up!

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Added by A former member
on Nov 18, 2013.
 

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  • Frederic L.

    Lovely shot of Alcatraz lighhouse with the love, you nailed it!

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  • Shirley S.

    Cool! Love the starburst! What was your aperture?

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  • A former member

    Thanks Fred, Shirley. Details : 400mm, ISO 800, 1 sec @f8. One second is the slowest shutter speed you dare shoot with on a 400mm - any slower and the moving moon becomes oblong shaped!

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  • Shirley S.

    Very interesting, Michael. In September, the moon moved left to right pretty fast, and was somewhat mushy in my photos at 1/100, f/5.6, ISO 1600 at 400 mm. I think it is always a guess as to where and how fast it will move.

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  • A former member

    Shirley : The moonrise in this part of the hemisphere will always travel left to right and always at the same speed. I can't explain why your images were unsharp back in September. I routinely shoot the rising moon at shutter speeds as slow as 1 second without any movement issues. I use slow shutter speeds so that I can first of all use a small aperture ( f8-16 for deep depth of field) and to keep my ISO as low as possible. With a 400mm lens, the slowest shutter speed I dare go is 1 second. With a wide angle however, I can shoot as long as 5 seconds without seeing any moon movement blur in my images. Hope that helps!

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  • Shirley S.

    Thanks, Michael One factor might be that the moonrise was seemed somewhat lower to the horizon in September. Stationary objects were sharp in my photos but the large yellow moon was definitely mushy especially at the edges. You could see some detail in the middle of the moon, darker and lighter areas. I think I will have to experiment with what combinations of shutter speed and aperture turn out good results with consistency.

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  • Judy

    Michael: How did you take the photo? By hand? With a remote? Timed?

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  • A former member

    Judy - I used a 400mm lens on a tripod with a remote shutter release since I was shooting at a slow shutter speed. I timed my exposures so that I could catch the light of the lighthouse. A small aperture produced the star burst effect you see.

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