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Extreme: FL 800 mm

Extreme: FL 800 mm
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-21
Categories: Sky
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Minolta AF 100-400 F4.5-6.7 Zoom APO, Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 72 mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Moon [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-06 6:28
Viewed: 5352
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Subtitle: "Odessa sight at the Moon"

Equipment: Minolta AF 100-400/F4.5-6.7 ZOOM APO + Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG
Focus length: 800 mm (1200 mm in 35 mm film)
Max. aperture value: f/13
Actual aperture value: f/13
Focusing mode: Manual
Support: tripod
Drive mode: 2 sec delay with mirror lock
Exposure bias value: –1.00 eV
Crop: 50 %

This subject is common for all people. However, at least two reasons exist for post this shot.

Firstly I am ending my Extreme series. Having 800 mm lens combination, I had strong desire to rich the Moon (but what else if not it?). How you can see I have done first step to this purpose. I have a little come nearer to it.

Secondly, there are many wonderful pictured of the Moon, created by my dear TN-friends (as well as shots, posted by other TN-members). First of all, these are pictures, taken and shared by:

Aido (Lady of the Night Sky),
Blakitan (The Grey Moon),
Claudine (The moon),
Coasties (Just Another Moon Shot.. But My First!),
Izler (The Moon),
Luis52 (Winter Moon.),
Marhowie (I'm mooning U – 101),
mlines (Moon – Towards Full Lunar Eclipse),
Pvs (Full moon)
red45 (Turkish Moon)
SelenE (Lunar Eclipse)
Thor68 (*Moon over Cologne*)
and many others.

These shots are very attractive and I wished to join this nice cohort of owners of pictures of the Moon.

And at last. The subject is common but POV is different. This is true Odessa POV -:))). Have you seen the Moon in evening Odessa steppe? I have. Now you have too.

pankajbajpai, diverjohn, horia, scottevers7, marhowie, Silvio2006, thor68, jaycee, Luis52, Silke, oscarromulus, saeedabbasi, izler, ramthakur, lise, JoseMiguel, Isu, anel, Jamesp, Juyona, jcoowanitwong, cataclysta, nainnain, JORAPAVI, SelenE, metcher, ridvan, peter_stoeckl, hester, mlines, Maite, cicindela, tiklod, K9madtex has marked this note useful
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hello alexei
you almost reached there :-), this extreme series has been a wonderful experience .
lovely capture, well composed shot with good pov, good lighting, nice details captured,
well done,
tfs & regards

great clarity - must have clear skies over Odessa to get this level of resolution.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-06 7:01]

Hi Alexei

This is indeed a very very big focal length and you handled superbly!
I really like you giving us the entire techinical spec. of this photo...this way we can once more learn from your experiments.
Also, it's true, this is the first time we see the moon from the Odessan POV :)... and it's looks very beautiful from there!

I really love seeing all those craters and shapes on its surface and due to your long zoom and your very precise focusing, they are so nicely visible.
Overall: wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Alexei,
Nice work here! You have really good detail and tones in this shot. Excellent detail in the craters to even show the shadows in them. Excellent camera work my friend!

Very Nice and sharp shot.TFS


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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-10-06 7:25]
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Great moon! It's so big... Do you see lunatics there? Maybe they hide somewhere in craters... or on the back side on the moon...

Hello Alexei,
Most interesting, great details!
The structural details in the surface is easily recognizable, superb texture and fine colours...
A lovely image resulting from a skilful job!
Pablo -

Fuen enfoque Alexei, esto de usar teleobjetivos parece muy interesante aunque yo no tengo experiencia. La toma es realmente impresionante y con una excelente luz.


Hi Alexei, splendid moon shoot with wonderful details, great exposure, Bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • ewiczek Gold Star Critiquer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 0] (815)
  • [2007-10-06 10:55]

very nice capture, I loved this photo

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2007-10-06 11:03]

what a wonderful half-moon over odessa, alexei! :-)
i really like you 800mm set-up (almost as extreme as mine.*g*)
excellent clear-shot with many great and sharp details on the moon´s surface.
well done & best wishes, thor.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-06 11:36]

Hi Alexei,

Fantastic shot of this half moon. The details are just marvelous of the surface of the moon. Your experiments are a huge success.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-06 12:20]

Wow this is close!
Superb shot Alexei!
+++ Amazing detail showing every famous crater, dip, ridge... the whole lot! Perfect central composition.
--- Nothing what-so-ever :)
A great capture.
Well done and TFS,

Hi Alexei,

very beautiful shot, excellent light managing and sharpness


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-10-06 13:54]

Hi Alexi. This is the most beatiful shot of moon I heve seen. Very very clear and sharp. I like a lot. Well done Alexi. Luis52.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-10-06 14:56]

This is truly most impressive!
The details are exquisite!
An amazing capture, Alexei!
You take my breath away

MAN you are good, Alexei.
All the way from Russia you have photographed "my" ugly face to show to the TN world. Ha, ha, ha.
What can I say???
Congratulations and thank you so very much for sharing this GREAT PIECE OF IMAGERY.
Warm regards,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-06 16:59]

HI Alex!
I see there's a moon lovers club here, nevertheless this is outstanding photo, and I love the whole moon series and idea, great note too!

Hi dear Alexei ,
Exxcellnt work from moon.
Details are great and it has nice light.
A perfect shot from moon.
Thanks for sharing
my best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-07 0:27]

Hi Alexei,
Wow....superb. Recently there are news of Aliens residing on Moon and that they were already there when man landed and warned us to not come there again. That is the reason given for no more Moon expeditions in all these 30+ years. Hence don't plan to go there, instead click these fabulous shots from your 'Odessa' POV and let all the TNers enjoy. This extreme series has been an education for me on all counts. Simply outstanding. Kudos.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-10-07 0:33]

Hello Alex,
Whow what a great job you made, very special and very sharp on the details.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2007-10-07 2:23]

selam Alexei
it is really wonderful moon photo
i think using of f/13 levels and other equipments are successful and useful for this best result
colours, lighting, sharpness and details are great
thanks for sharing

Alexei, this is the largest and the sharpest image of the moon that has ever been displayed on TN. And it is amazing.
I can see the craters on the surface of the moon as if I am hovering over it in a spacecraft. It is that sharply realistic.
The power of 800mm and your finesse as a photo artist to use it so effectively are strongly manifest in this remarkable picture of a heavenly body.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

hello Alexie

it is not often we can see a picture of the moon with such sharp details

very good picture



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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-10-07 4:55]

Hi Alexei,
This is a wonderful moon photo! You can see so much details, I love the fact that half is shaded. Great sharpness and composition.
Very well done and TFS

Hi Alexei,
Great details and clarity on the moon's surface seen, even with the crop at the 800mm FL.
Perfect exposure and DOF @ F/13..Thank you for my inclusion in the "I'm Mooning U" club :)

Hi Alexei,
Sorry I have not critiqued recently, my computer has not been working. This is such a fantastic shot, the detail is brilliant as is the lighting,
Thanks for another great shot,
Nick :-)

i have tried these with no success
your shot is pin sharp and with a good set of detail
your exposure details show that the moon despite being seen at night required 'daylight' settings to get the highlights exposed correctly

Bon cliché qui ressort bien grâce à la bonne clarté de l'air
Bonne journée.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-07 11:46]

Hello Alexei

A wow shot of the moon.I was just discussing photographing the moon with a friend the other day and this is the results I would want to achieve.The detail is wonderful.Well composed in the frame.The lighting is very good.Great job.TFS


Hello Alexei,
Wow, can almost reach out and touch the moon, I'm trying really hard to look for Neil Armstrongs footsteps...:o) Love the shot, its an amazing shot of the moon. Wow , I need one of those lenses..:o)

Fabulosa aproximación..."de la Tierra a la Luna".
Magníficos detalles y nota.
Tfs, JL.

This is very impressive... It looks like you have used a telescope; really amazing! I think that it is the first time I see the moon from so close and so detailed. Wow!... Congratulations; I'm speechless :)

Hi Alexei,
Pretty amazing capture!
Your combined 800mm really brings a lot of details, and you managed so appropriated in the exposure side for this picture.
It would be a great new member of the moon's club here in TN.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-10-07 18:01]

Hola Alexei,formidable y real interesante,marcada y nitida. Saludos Sira

Amazing! What fabulous details - the seas and craters are so well defined!
And thank you for showing us that Odessa moon. :)

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-10-08 1:21]

Hello Alexei,
Your Odessan nights seem to be magical! What a shot! I'm amazed by the clearness of the details and the fine colour-variations on the surface of the moon. And not to forget the subtle play of shadow and light. Yes, the moon still makes people dream. Thank you Alexei.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-10-08 3:14]

Hi ALexei

Wonderful capture - great detail with superb exposure.


Hi Alexei,
A very good image of our natural satellite, excellent because you don´t use a telescope. details of crater and lunar mountains are superb. I love exposure

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-10-08 15:35]

realmente espectacular,
los cráteres de la luna son visibles,
perfecto trabajo,
muchos saludos Alexei.

Hi Alexei,
This is really wonderful. You get very close to the moon. Markings on the moon surface are clearly seen. Very nice composition.

This is one of the best photos of the moon I have seen without a massive telescope. Excellent shading and colour too.I think it is fun to stare at it and imagine.

Hi Alex
I like moon shots. This one is great. It is diffiucult to critque moon shot if they are great ;_) Also great note
Best wishes

hello alex
super, bonne expériance, bonne réussite, couleurs nettes bravo pour l'originalité et merci a toi

Hola Alexei,
Buen acercamiento, se distingue muy bien el relieve lunar, me gusta la composición de la media luna. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-09 2:57]

Hi Alexei,
I haven't seen the Moon in evening Odessa steppe till now :o) It's a beautiful moon photo, all the details are clearly visible. Focus, sharpness and exposure control are great.
My compliments

hi alexei!
thats a great shot on the moon!
really sharp with nice details!
very well done!

bonjour alexei
superbe resultat,on arrive même a voir les traces de pas laissées par AMSTRONG,non!ce n'est pas cela!
hof on peut bien imaginer!
treve de plaisanterie,le fait d'avoir bloqué le miroir etait judicieux.
bien vu.

Wow Alex,
Impressive capture my friend, It's so
beautiful, Perfect POV and composition
and fantastic details.. Well done


Hi Alex.
A real close up of Moon. I think details and sharpening are excellent for such demanding shot.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-09 13:14]

selam alexi , excellent shot and very good composition moon .nice pov with splendid colours.well presented pose
Well done my friend!
Regards ridvan

Dear Alexei,
the moon certainly is a perfect target to demonstrate the difference resulting from a different person's point of view when looking at the same thing.
In a simple, strict and clear way and by the clever handling of very good equipment - and not to forget your well written, greative notes - you have distributed another both well informing and well entertaining extreme of quality.
Thank you! My best regards,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-10-14 11:08]

Hi Alexei

That is stunning = so sharp and detailed. Wonderful



Hi Alexei, This is one of the most detailed view i have seen on TN to date. The 800mm is the best for this work. Wonderful sharpness & colours. Please submit amnother when the full moon is above. TFS, Murray.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-10-15 7:35]

Magnificent shot with such good detail!
I love it!
Magnificent job with all the links added too.

Bonjour Alexei.
Comme elle est belle la lune,magnifique l'image.

Dear Alexei!
When I look at this picture one sentence is coming to my mind: "look there, where your sight can not look". I do not remeber who and when said this but I belive it is good sentence to this beautiful photo.
I am very impressed by the final effect. As always professional hand of photographer shows here an amazing photo!
Bravo my Friend and best withes from Lodz!

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-10-30 20:38]

Now that is some of the best detail I have ever seen in a moon. So very sharp and wonderful exposure.

Dobryy den'Alexei,

Long time :-). I see you have MANY great posts from the last time I saw. This is a GREAT shot. The exif helps people who want to "Capture the Moon" :-).

Warm regards, Kiran

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-11-06 6:19]

Imposible fort me to made this expectative shot alex, nubes. A pleasure fort me seen it from other photograph. Thanks

800mm! My god. What a fascinating amount of detail you have been able to get from the moon! Congratulations.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-11-29 16:44]

Hi again Alexei,
STUNTING SHOT and very good notes...
Details and contrast are excellent :-)
Best regards,


This may be the best moon photo on TN. Amazing detail and no noise in the dark sky. You are a master of Lunar photography.

Hello Alexei !
Looking through your wonderful gallery, I noticed this beautiful picture - we see lots of moon picture, but see the moon (almost) every night, but as you say, this is a true Odessa moon and so it is something very special ! :-) The picture is fantastic. There are some amazing details on the moon, and your light management is excellent. I also like your note, where you included links to other moon shots. very well done !

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