SHOOTING THE MOON

Last night there was an Eclipse of the Moon. This might be a good time to talk about photographing the Moon. It’s not as hard as it may seem! Here is how I do it. (Some may do it differently, but this is how I “Shoot the Moon”

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Shot 2/20/08 outside Portland Oregon

  EXPOSURE: Don’t use any auto exposure modes (aperture, program or shutter priority) — switch to full manual. Metering will average the exposure over the night sky (most of the frame) and the bright Moon. This will result your images being over exposed. The moon is not difficult to photograph correctly. You can use the “sunny 16” rule quite successfully with the aperture of F/16 set the shutter speed to one over the ISO Let’s say you use an ISO of 100. This means that the right exposure at F/16 would be 1/100s. (The equivalent to F/11 at 1/200s, F/8 at 1/400s, or F/5.6 at 1/800s, and these are the settings you can choose from to be assured that the Moon’s tonal range will be exposed properly).ISO: Always try & shoot at ISO’s that allow for exposures of 1 200th and above. Remember the moon moves almost 360 degrees each day, or 1/4 of a degree per minute, or one Moon diameter per two minutes) I This is very slow to be a concern at the shutter speeds above 1/250th or above that I try to shoot at . MANUALLY FOCUS: If your camera has manual focusing, switch use and set the focus for infinity (or, in case of an SLR, focus manually).  TRIPOD:As in all photography a tripod is always necessary for sharp images. Usually you will be using a long lend when photographing the moon (that’s another subject!). The need for a tripod is obvious! MIRROR LOCKUP: Remember that the effects of camera vibrations caused by the SLR mirror are amplified proportionally to the lens focal length. If your camera has mirror lockup (mirror going up some time before the actual exposure), use it, especially for lenses 200 mm or more. And between a 10th and a 60th of a second. EFFECTS of extraneous light With a really long lens, and with a tripod used to avoid camera shake, the detail in your picture will be limited by how much air is there between your camera and the Moon, and how clean this air is.

Humidity, dust, etc. reduces contrast and sharpness. Therefore I suggest you get out of town to avoid pollution, dust, and extraneous city light. (Mountain areas are especially beneficial. Dry air, also makes for clear images.

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Moonset over the Tufa, Mono Lake,California

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PHOTO WORKSHOPS

Time for a little selfless promotion!

It seems like this time of year is when most of my fellow photographers are planning their itineraries for the rest of the year. With that in mind I just want to talk about my photo workshops a bit.  ( Much more information can be found at www.jackgrahamphoto.com) . I have quite a lot planned this year, all in places I have been many times, places where I know where to be at the right time of day.

The southwest is a great place to be in the spring. It is nice and cool and more importantly the crowds are gone, the wildflowers are blooming and the low angles of the spring light makes for a great time to be in the red rock country of NE Arizona, Southern Utah and Monument Valley. Please check out more details on my web site, www.jackgrahamphoto.com

laazhsb3_bst.jpgHorseshoe Bend, close to Page AZ.

After that May brings me back here to Oregon. Mike Moats ( www.tinylandscapes.com) and I are combining our efforts in a workshop called “Macro & More in the Gorge”  in mid May. I am really excited about this one.

plwwftigerlily8.jpgColumbia Tiger Lily, Oregon

After that late May & June features workshops on the Oregon Coast, the Columbia River Gorge as well as the Palouse in mid June. Just prior to these workshops, Bob Kulon will be here in Portland with me to do his DSLR Boot camp over a 2 day period ( May 31 & June 1). This is an invaluable session that will get you up to speed with the new technology offered in CS3, Light room, Elements and other processing programs that we all need these days. Some field work is also included. You can find more details on my site or at www.bobkulonphoto.com. This is an outstanding value. If you are attending one of the workshops in early June, why not come out a few days early and attend the Bootcamp as well?

laorcrglat9_0606.jpgLatourell Falls, oregon

laorcstcb9_1956.jpgCannon Beach Sunset, Oregon

If you like fall color, you need to come to the Eastern Sierra with us in October. The Aspens are usually at peak at this time. We shoot in the canyons and lakes in the Eastern Sierra close to Lee Vining California on HWY 395. We also get to Bishop and up into the White Mts to photograph Te Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.

lacalmono11.jpgMono Lake, Eastern Sierra, CA.

lacaesbod14.jpgBodie State Historical Park, Ca.(Ghost Town).

Right after the Eastern Sierra trip, I’ll be heading back to Ohio for the Fall Photo workshop that has been so successful over the past few years. I have the management of this workshop over to by good friend Bob Kulon, but I will be there as in the past. Be sure to access 2008_neo_fall_workshop_flyer_v01.pdf for FULL information. We will once again have full access to shooting right on an Amish farm for a few hours on one of the days of the workshop. This is truly an unique experience. Please read the PDF found here.

laphamnoahyoder2.jpgAmish Farm, Ohio

In November we travel to the S.F Bay Area for a photography workshop . The timing of this works well with the wine harvest, great color in Napa Valley and  great weather in the Bay area and on the California coast. We will shoot in Napa, down along the coast and in and around San Francisco and the Marin Headlands.

lacacstmarhdlnd1.jpgMarin Headlands, just north of San Francisco, Ca.

sirockpebblebeach4.jpgPebble Beach State Park,CA

Finally My 14th annual Wyoming Big Horn Sheep Photo Safari concludes my workshop calendar for 2008. We base in Cody Wyoming and shoot the Big Horn Sheep found in the area. This is a great time to be there as the snow on the mountain tops forces the animals down to the lowlands to eat. What a great way to end the year!!!

fabhs66.jpgBig Horn Sheep, Wyoming

Again all sorts of information is on my web site. General information and registration forms are found below. If you have other questions please send me an email at jack@jackgrahamphoto.com

general-information.doc      reg-master.doc     assumption-of-risk.doc

Come join us!

JG