moonshots with HS10
This has not had anything done to it except cropped, exported as jpg then uploaded to here, I have dozens more just like it.
This one has had some sharpening, noise reduction and had the saturation reduced to zero. A larger version can be viewed in my gallery http://www.myfinepix.es/gallery/147017/256320 and if thats not big enough try the full-sized version here http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/49754204.jpg.
The picture below is of something I thought was Venus but now Im not sure what it is. It was the brightest star in the sky at the time, just before sunrise in the south east. When it is low to the horizon its worth taking a lot of shots as something in the atmosphere plays around with the focusing and most times you will only get a small shiny disc but keep your eye on the screen and watch for it fluctuating then catch it nice and big like this
To get these I used the custom mode with the following options:
ISO = 100.
IMAGE SIZE = L 4:3,
IMAGE QUALITY = F,
FINEPIXCOLOR = STD,
COLOR = HIGH,
TONE = STD,
SHARPNESS = HARD,
HIGH SPEED SHOOTING = ON,
IS MODE = OFF,
Also, for autofocus (little button with AF/c-s-m) I chose SINGLE AF and on the AF button I chose MULTI although Centre should work too if you can get the crosshair on the target.
I always have burst mode enabled with the '7 best of 10' choice and I use that little exposure adjustment button (top of camera next to 'burst mode button' with +/- on it) to adjust the exposure/light balance up or down depending on the situation. For the moon I turned the exposure all the way down to make it as dark as possible, this combines with the (7 best) burst mode darkened the shots enough to get rid of the shiny disc effect and show the moons details. If you are getting an amber glow from the street lights use the white balance button (bottom laft of camera) and set it to 'Incandescent'.
A Tripod is an essential tool if you want nice detailed shots, try to get the best one you can afford. I am not rich, my Tripod only cost me 49 pounds on offer at Jessops (Velbon CX480) try to avoid the cheaper Camlinks, their heads get loose.
Dont be tempted to wait for the moon to get low on the horizon, the focus gets blurry there and you lose lots of details
For those of you who really need EXIF data you can view it on my panoramio versions of these pictures. The moon is at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46786574
and the object I thought was Venus is at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46927280 this image is a collection of shots taken in sequence over a few minutes. I cant explain the fluctuating size as the camera was stationary and on maximum zoom the whole time.
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