Anyway. It was the day before the full moon (August 4th) and while creeping home through Corbett at the grand speed of 25mph with a full load of hay on the old truck, the nearly-full moon looked huge as it peeked over the tops of the trees on a bluff behind the grade/highschool. Until just a couple of days ago, the moon had been the bane of my photographing life. I sighed, knowing that there was absolutely no way a picture from the truck would turn out.
When we got home I grabbed the camera and prepared for another disappointing batch of pictures. I finally decided to try some of the “custom” settings. I didn’t know how the pictures would turn out because I didn’t know that much about the manual settings and had never had good luck with them.
I set the camera on M (Manual) and played with the settings a little bit. The aperture was set to 6.3 and the ISO 800. I used the available dog food bag for a tripod and hoped for the best. Dog food bag tripods would fit into the category of “You Know You’re A Redneck When…“, don’t you think? Anyway, I was astounded by the results. The moon was actually in focus! Dropping the ISO down to 400 turned the moon a lovely orangey-red color.
Computer research this morning revealed that instead of using the highest ISO on my camera, I should use 800 or 400 ISO and then there wouldn’t be so much blue and purple noise in my shots.
Shutter Speed: 1/1000. With the fast shutter speed you don’t have to have a tripod to insure that you get a clear picture, just a semi-steady hand should work just fine. You’ll get a few out-of-focus ones but the majority will be in focus.
ISO: 1600. I probably should have set it on 800, but that was before I found out that that smaller ISO makes a better quality picture.
This is by far my favorite shot. It also helps to set the camera on Landscape as well. It keeps it from focusing on whatever is in front of the moon and instead brings them both into focus.
I chose digital photography as one of my electives for my sophomore year of highschool this year. I can’t wait to see what I learn with it!