Saturday, August 28, 2010

Moon #6

Using the "Sunny 16" rule (for a sunlit subject, shoot at f/16 and the reciprocal of the film speed in seconds) works pretty well for the moon because it is, after all, a sunlit subject.  However, the surface is a dark gray basalt tone, so it is best to overexpose by at least one stop, as I did here, to get the naked eye brightness.  I used my old Celestron telescope, which is a Maksutov-Cassegrains design that, while acceptable for naked eye viewing, sacrifices compact design for sharpness.  To bring out more detail, I used Nik Dfine and Nik Sharpener Pro cranked up to 11.   

Camera: Nikon D700 
Lens: Celestron 1000mm Telescope
Exposure: Manual ISO 400, f/11 @ 1/400s, handheld
Lighting: Sunlight
Location: My house
Processing: Lightroom 3, Nik Tools

1 comment:

benjamin gandhi-shepard said...

Nice handled photo of the moon! Sweet.