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On July 28th, 2010, 5:28 am (Colorado time) I shot what is probably the best of all the moon photos I’ve taken. Here are two versions of the same photo, shot with my then Nikon D200 and the Nikon 80-400mm lens.
You can click on the photos for a larger version.
The original photo was shot in the light of new dawn and shows a blue sky as background to a pale moon. The photo was edited and processed to bring out detail and show it in a darkened sky.
Last night, I stepped out, leaned out from the balcony, and hand shot the moon with the P900.
This is the first image I took. The zoom is 2800mm equivalent and the image has been converted to B&W.
This is actually smaller than the image I took, but it’s fairly decent at this size. Were I to blow up the one taken with the D200 (above) to this size, it would be a mess.
It’s not a particularly great photo . . . and neither are these at 6000mm equivalent zoom:
Let’s face it . . . digital zoom sucks. But, is optical zoom — 2000mm — all that much better?
Here are three photos at full optical zoom shot in quick succession.
Again, you can click on any of the above to get a photo roughly twice the size.
So, here’s a neat trick you can do with photoshop; bring all three photos into one file as layers and ask the program to align and stack the files to come up with a composite image.
Then, slap a bit of contrast and a tad of sharpening, and . . .
I think that’s pretty good. I assume I could do a bit better with the camera on a tripod.
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