When you take a photo of Moon with most cameras, your image will look like the one below. You might have seen nice photos of Moon by other photographers so you will blame your camera or yourself for bad photo you got.
Let me tell you that it is very easy to take beautiful moon photos with any high zoom camera.
Click on SetUp options on your camera and find out Metering set up. It may come up as Metering mode. It will have few entries like Evaluative/Matrix/Intelligent, Center-weighted and Spot. Most cameras by default have the first value. They are set in intelligent/Evaluative/Matrix setting. In this mode, the camera try to be intelligent and measures light in the whole scene. As most sky is dark, the camera gets into thinking that the frame is dark so it tries to get in more light. This causes the Moon to be washed out.
Set camera metering mode to Spot (icon with a dot in the center). Then keep the moon in the center so camera will meter light off of the Moon. This will make camera think that there is good amount of light so it will try take in less light. The result will be a stunning photo of the moon, as shown below.
Normally we paint with ink or color. However in dark, you can draw with light! We took these photos during a camping trip 3 years ago. When you draw with light, instead of a pen or a printer, you use a flashlight. With around 20 seconds exposure with Pentax K-100D.
..and here is our arist in the photo.
Recently visited Big Island, Hawaii. Had beautiful sunsets most of the days. From the Volcano park and Mauna Kae, had an opportunity to see sky filled with stars. Had never seen that many stars earlier.
Most photos are taken with Fujifilms X-S1 and some are with Pentax K-30
Enjoy some of the moments.
While camping, we went to watch Fireworks at Lake Arrowhead. I didn’t have a tripod but was able to put camera on the ground and take some photos. Don’t these photos look like photographs of colorful flowers?
Before I took photos of fireworks, I had put up these tips on my other blog: Fireworks photography tips
Death Valley, from name, sounds some boring place but in my personal opinion, if you ignore trees and plants, it is as good as Yosemite or Yellowstone National Park in the USA. No kidding. It has so many varieties, beautiful landscapes, eye catching colors. Enjoy some landscapes of Death Valley.
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This place is below sea level.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the AirForce one plane from around a mile away.
One evening I hiked Mt McCoy in Simi Valley. From there you can see the Presidential library which around a mile away. I had my Canon EOS-M and an old Sun M42 80-210mm lens which I wanted to test. I had got that lens for around $20! I didn’t have a tripod but used a bench to make my camera steady. I think the camera and the lens did a super job. You can even see some function going on inside.