Monday, March 29, 2010

Day 88- Dark Moon

Dark Moon 1
Originally uploaded by shaddybaby

I have a question about this picture. I went outside and the moon looked amazing! It was so bright with an orange glow and there were these creepy gray clouds going over the moon. The sky was a very dark blue and the light from the moon made the edges of the clouds glow white. So why am I not able to capture this through the lens?

Settings: f/5.6, ss 1/250 sec., ISO-200 (IS turned off on lens)


  1. On my camera that is normally brought about by the White Balance setting. Dark shots occur when I have it set for irridecent light, blue if set for flourescent.
    However the moon is tricky to shoot and generally needs two shots on a tripod. All in P, A or S mode
    To get the face of the moon's features try boostin the f/stop up to restrict the light (Don't forget you are looking at a direct reflection of the SUN so direct sunlight is the best setting. Then experiment with the night settings to get the clouds.
    A good trick is to get a reasonable features shot then photograph when the moon is covered by moderate cloud cover then superimpose the first shot onto the second.
    Go to Elements Village for a better explanation is my suggestion.
    There are real photographers there who could explain it better.

  2. Ron hit it on the "T"...try playing w/ your white balance - I usually use tungsten light for a bluer dark sky. The moon was gorgeous last night!!!

  3. I'm afraid I can't answer your question, but I so love the spooky look of the cloud shrouded moon.

  4. Hey, Michelle...I had the same ?? on my blog, too! Funny how we were probably both out at the same time, photographing the same moon, having the same challenges.

    You have some nice definition and captured that pretty orange color.

  5. Hi Michelle! Nice moon shot. I have only done it once so am no expert by any means. I took mine around midnight so I don't know about when there is still a hint of light left.

  6. Thanks for the feedback guys. I am going to have to go out and practice with the moon more. I seem to take a lot of pictures of it but the sky never shows up well. Practice makes perfect right? The last time I had trouble getting sharp focus. I mastered that this time but now it is time to try working with the WB.

  7. I too was out there trying to photograph the moon. It was beautiful, wasn't it?

    Thanks, Ron for tips on how to do a moonshot!