Saturday, April 23, 2016

Nikon COOLPIX L840 and The Moon

I stated in a previous post that getting good shots of the Moon with our new Nikon COOLPIX L840 was hit-or-miss, a crap shoot as it were because the camera only has a few basic settings. There is no manual setting allowing the user to fine-tune shots, so you're pretty reliant on the 'Scene' setting in 'Auto' mode. After watching Bettina do her thing with the camera and paying attention to when and how she's been shooting I can now offer some insights. Keep in ind Bettina doesn't use a tripos, all these pics are hand-held. All the pics shown here were taken within the past few days. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Dawn or dusk appears to be an optimal time for shooting Luna while there's still some blue in the sky. During this time it's possible to get good shots regardless of zoom setting.

The next three photos are a sequence taken within a few seconds of each other.
During the black of night with little zoom, the Moon appears as a white blob in the sky. The camera can't 'read' it.

Zoom in more and the camera has a better opportunity to catch the details. Sometimes it takes several tries to get the camera to focus and 'read' the subject better.

The full 'Pink' Moon 21 Apr 2016

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