Twilight sure looks dark when you spot meter!

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Comments (9)

Kevin Childress on May 25, 2011

The first time I did this, I thought that a smaller aperture (f/9.0) would be best. This morning I noticed the visible area of the moon was about the same so I tried something different. This is the same focal length and f/6.4 ... I'm thinkin' this one is just a bit better.

Kevin Childress on May 26, 2011

Holy $H!T, Batman! Me thinks me sees a new crater!!!

... nahhh ...

((Ospr3y)) on May 26, 2011

Nice capture, Kevin! Tack sharp!


Best Wishes,


Randy Hall on May 26, 2011

That moon looks just about perfect too me...what'd you do with the rest of it? Well done!

Cheers, Randy

Kevin Childress on May 29, 2011

Hey, Liam, and Randy! Thank you both for commenting on this one. I'm very happy that you find it interesting.

whoelius on June 3, 2011

Yeah, the Moon doesn't move across the sky much in a sixtieth of a second. Actually, it crosses the sky at about 15 seconds of arc per second, so through this exposure it would have moved about a quarter of one second of arc.

The whole Moon is about 30 minutes of arc across from our vantage point on earth, which is about 7200 times that movement. And since the Moon in your picture isn't near 7200 pixels across, there oughtn't to be any appearance of motion blur.


There'll be a sweet spot with regard to aperture though. As the range is f/5.6 to f/11 when you're all zoomed out, I'm guessing f/6-f/7 would be about the sharpest, particularly in the centre of the image.

Kevin Childress on June 3, 2011

Errr, wha.... I mean, do you mea... But, how the fu.... really? hahaha Just kiddin'.

That's good stuff, 'specially 'And since the Moon in your picture isn't near 7200 pixels across, there oughtn't to be any appearance of motion blur'.

Me thinks it might get one stop better!


Nice to hear from ya!

David Brown Photogra… on June 3, 2011

If there is anyone who is bluraverse it would be Whoelius so I figure he knows that stuff in his head Kevin

Very nice moon indeed. I need to live (full time) somewhere so dark-dark.


seventhheaven on November 19, 2012

Hi Kevin!
This photo would make an fine entry for the 2012 December Voting Machine Contest with subject Moon!
Would you consider to participate, please?
For more information see the post in the Discussion Forums : Games and Competition
2012 December VMC Moderator

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 25, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Kevin Childress
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix HS10 HS11
    • Taken on 2011/05/26 05:51:49
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 126.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.400
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash