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Just Another Moon Shot.. But My First!

Just Another Moon Shot..  But My First!
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-26
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Our world at night. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-27 3:58
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I know you have seen the Moon taken from many different countries and at different phases, so I did think twice before I posted this, but it is my first ever successful Moon shot. Usually all I get is a white blob, but my son was with me last night and told me the correct manual settings, so, here is 'just another Moon shot'. Thank you Jason. Thanks for looking

Moon Phases
(1) New Moon - When the Moon is roughly in the same direction as the Sun, its illuminated half is facing away from the Earth, and therefore the part that faces us is all dark: we have the new moon. When in this phase, the Moon and the Sun rise and set at about the same time.

(2) Waxing Crescent Moon - As the Moon moves around the Earth, we get to see more and more of the illuminated half, and we say the Moon is waxing. At first we get a sliver of it, which grows as days go by. This phase is called the crescent moon.

(3) Quarter Moon - A week after the new moon, when the Moon has completed about a quarter of its turn around the Earth, we can see half of the illuminated part; that is, a quarter of the Moon. This is the first quarter phase.

(4) Waxing Gibbous Moon - During the next week, we keep seeing more and more of the illuminated part of the Moon, and it is now called waxing gibbous (gibbous means "humped").

(5) Full Moon - Two weeks after the new moon, the moon is now halfway through its revolution, and now the illuminated half coincides with the one facing the Earth, so that we can see a full disk: we have a full moon. As mentioned above, at this time the Moon rises at the time the Sun sets, and it sets when the Sun rises. If the Moon happens to align exactly with the Earth and Sun, then we get a lunar eclipse.

(6) Waning Gibbous Moon - From now on, until it becomes new again, the illuminated part of the Moon that we can see decreases, and we say it's waning. The first week after full, it is called waning gibbous.

(7) Last Quarter Moon - Three weeks after new, we again can see half of the illuminated part. This is usually called last quarter.

(8) Waning Crescent Moon - Finally, during the fourth week, the Moon is reduced to a thin sliver from us, sometimes called waning crescent.


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 21:57 p.m.
Date: 26th January 2007
Weather conditions: Clear and dark
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/250
F-Stop: F/5.6
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Support: Tripod
Original File: Digital RAW

fiyo, Necipp, peter_stoeckl, cataclysta, stevkds, horia, hester, gallezeric, manyee, rust01, Zdeno, Dave, saglamer has marked this note useful
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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-27 4:29]

Hello Pam,
Excellent shot.
Lovely detail ,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

Hello Pam this is a nice shot good detail and an interesting use of negative space tfs rgds Necip.

Hello Pam,
very clear and sharp, excellent result.
Seeing the moon from that close is always something unique and special, never stopping to fascinate.
You seem to have very clear nights, very good equipment, and a set of very clean lenses.
Thank you! Best regards to you and your son from the other side of the globe.
All the best to you.

P.S.: By the way - did you convert an RGB colours shot into black and white? If so, I would be interested to see the colour result as well.

Hi Pam
Last but not least. Great photo and very informative note.
Very good job
Best wishes

Heavy discipline, excellent shot Pam. Very well done. Stev

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-27 9:18]

Hi Pam

Another premiere...another knockback! Again top notch!
So matter now many moon shots we-ve seen, from my POV you may post what you wnat and how many times you want :)
This is really terrific! I really like clearly visible craters and shadows on the surface of the moon.
Also the timing here is great - with its half luminated by the sun and the composition you chose is brilliant.
Thumbs up!!!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i had no idea the Jason was your sun...but i can see now where he gets his talent from :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-01-27 14:57]

I haven't tried a moon shot yet. Yours is lovely. I like the half shadow showing up the craters. Wonderful details



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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-01-27 17:01]

Excellent work, bravo!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-01-27 19:42]

Hello Pam

Looks similar to the one up here just upside down.I am very impressed with the clarity and sharpness.Excellent DOF,the details are really good.Nicely composed in the frame.Great job.TFS


hi Pam,
very pretty catch of sight of this moon beautiful clearness and very good returned cheer


Hi Pam,

This is a fantastic shot of the moon,. I never tried photographing the moon before your picture is an inspiration and makes me want to try. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-01-28 23:24]

Very impressive, Pam. : )
I can't believe how sharp the details on the surface of the moon are.
Very cool !
I like this shot a lot.
TFS. : )

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  • Zdeno (18)
  • [2007-01-31 4:36]

Hi Pam,
congratulation, perfect shot. Donīt worry, I try catch the Moon all my life (photolife since y.1975), but I didnīt make such sharp shot. Problem is its speed, fast moving.
Best wishes

Hello Pam,
This is a very nice picture of this down under moon, we can see some great details and I like the fact that it is not full yet, this is different. Your settings were very good as it seems like perfect exposure to me. I might try them sometimes. Well done!
PS, Your moon is on the wrong side, lol (I'm always joking with Janice about it ;)

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 20:32]

Well Pam congratulations on this excellent lunar masterpiece. Even if it is just another moon shot, you've done an excellent job! I wish I could imitate it someday, but as yet all mine end up being white blobs too...;-(
Bravo for you!

Hi Pam,
Very nice and clear composition of the moon.
Interesting detail of the crates and shadows.


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