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Shooting the Moon


While it is still winter here, there are some advantages for moon shots for this full moon - the moon set at a reasonable time because of our early sunset time, and without a heat haze there was less distortion there.  The nights were very cool so there were some rimming artefacts on images of the moon itself.

I shot with a combination of bodies and lenses:
A Canon DSLR: the 5DsR and the MILC R5, along with a range of lenses: Sigma 60-600s with the basic Canon EF-RF adapter, the RF 100-500 and, as a wildcard, the Sony 1" sensor superzoom bridge camera: the RX-10 MkIV.

The 5DsR was a torture test for close-up moon shots: it was using the 1.4x MkIII Canon extender and set to 1.6 crop factor, generating an equivalent FL magnification factor of 2.24 over the normal lens focal length.

The R5 with the 100-500 was shooting at normal settings

The Sony  RX-10 MkIV super zoom has a base Equivalent focal range of 24-600 mm, but can use an image boost feature that offers an equivalent FL of 1200mm, albeit only in JPG format and I shot the close-up of the moon in that mood, but not the wide-angle shot.  I was frankly gob-smacked at the performance of this unit, especially the shot shown was SooC with no processing or cropping whatsoever.

I don't shoot and do a lot of processing afterwards, except to apply lens corrections and clean up exposure.  Without significant PP, especially in shooting an image of the moon and a separate one of a terrestrial object (requiring radically different magnifications and exposures) superimposed over each other as layers in a composite, the moon will appear large and detailed in one image and it will appear small and blown out in another.

R5, Sigma @ 600m,m, f/8, 1/5000, ISO-2500R5, Sigma @ 600m,m, f/8, 1/5000, ISO-2500R5, Sigma @ 60mm, f/405, 1/10sec, ISO-2500R5, Sigma @ 60mm, f/405, 1/10sec, ISO-2500R5, RF @ 128mm f/9, 1/15sec, ISO-2000R5, RF @ 128mm f/9, 1/15sec, ISO-20005DsR, 1344mm, f/9, 1/320sec, ISO-6405DsR, 1344mm, f/9, 1/320sec, ISO-6405DsR, Sigma, 84mm ,f/6.3, 1/13sec, ISO-16005DsR, Sigma, 84mm ,f/6.3, 1/13sec, ISO-1600Sigma, 117mm, f/8, 1/6sec, ISO-400Sigma, 117mm, f/8, 1/6sec, ISO-400Sigma, 1200mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-500Sigma, 1200mm, f/9, 1/500sec, ISO-500

cheers, TREVOR

"The Amount of Misery expands to fill the space available"
"All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
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