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    Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    5 Quick Tips for Photographing the Moon
    • Select an aperture of f/11 or f/16
    • Set the camera’s exposure manually
    • Set the focus to infinity
    • Use Spot metering for a correct exposure of the moon
    • Use a shutter speed of at least 1/15 second or faster

    On the evening of January 20
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    , the US will experience a Supermoon and a Total Lunar Eclipse! We’ve got tips for capturing both the Supermoon and the phases of the Lunar Eclipse.



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    f/16 and shutter speed at least 1/15th?

    Technically the moon is in direct sunlight, so the Sunny 16 rule "should" apply, though the distance and the eclipse part usually mean a bit more exposure than Sunny 16 calls for.

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    Re: Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Blade Canyon View Post
    f/16 and shutter speed at least 1/15th?

    Technically the moon is in direct sunlight, so the Sunny 16 rule "should" apply, though the distance and the eclipse part usually mean a bit more exposure than Sunny 16 calls for.

    I thought maybe it was the minimum to help prevent blur, but I found this while looking for interval timing information.

    B and H eclipse chart
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    Re: Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawg Pics View Post
    I thought maybe it was the minimum to help prevent blur, but I found this while looking for interval timing information.

    B and H eclipse chart

    Great find, Thanks
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    Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon
    I went out and took a test shot last night...

    Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon-_moon_02.jpg

    D750, AF Nikkor 300mm f/4, Kenko Teleplus Pro 1.4x TC, ISO Auto (ISO 100)

    Stay sharp,
    Bob
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    Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon
    Quote Originally Posted by desmobob View Post
    I went out and took a test shot last night...

    Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon-_moon_02.jpg

    D750, AF Nikkor 300mm f/4, Kenko Teleplus Pro 1.4x TC, ISO Auto (ISO 100)

    Stay sharp,
    Bob
    So your focal length was longer than 300mm since you used a Kenko teleconverter, is that correct? I'm surprised the EXIF doesn't reflect that. I thought it did for Kenko teleconverters although I don't have one by them.
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    Re: Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    As I noted, I used the 1.4X TC for the shot.

    I have two of the older Kenko Tele Plus Pros from film days. They support screw-drive AF, but I don't know about anything more than that. They might not have the contacts/electronics in place to let the camera body know they're there. I'll take a look at them later. What I do know is that they are a match made in heaven for the AF Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED IF (and an amateur's budget). I've heard a lot of folks say they perform better than Nikon's own TCs on this lens.

    Stay sharp,
    Bob

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    Re: Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    On the East coast looks like it starts at 9:36 PM with the full eclipse at 12:12 AM and ending at 2:48 AM.

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    Re: Super Moon - Total Lunar Eclipse - Jan 20 - Tips from Nikon

    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    So your focal length was longer than 300mm since you used a Kenko teleconverter, is that correct? I'm surprised the EXIF doesn't reflect that. I thought it did for Kenko teleconverters although I don't have one by them.
    Cindy,

    I just took a look at my two Kenko Tele Pro Plus 300 teleconverters (1.4X and 2X). They are the "N-AFd" version. They have the row of electrical contacts in the mount similar to an AF Nikkor lens, as well as a pass-through for the screw drive.

    It is a bit curious that the EXIF data doesn't indicate that the TC was mounted. I just checked on images taken with my D70 and D200 with that same lens/TC combination and there is no mention of the TC in the EXIF data. Oh well... I have been very pleased with them, although the only lens I've used them with is the AF 300 f/4 EDIF.

    Back on topic...
    I forgot to mention I used spot metering to set my exposure and I made no exposure compensation in post. Does it seem a little over-exposed?

    Stay sharp,
    Bob
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