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    How Do I Take The Moon Over The Ocean..

    I watched the Moon rise over the ocean last night at 9.12pm and what a sight it was being a first for me it was amazing so big and orange and it rose fast changing to a yellow colour then as it rose higher changed to the silver white colour and the reflecting over the ocean was so beautiful.. I have tried for three nights to shoot this scene with no luck at all. I dont have any problems shooting the Moon by itself where the craters are visible.

    Holidaying at Yamba NSW I have both cameras and these lenses with me.
    5D Mk 11, 24-105mm f/4, 300mm f/4 + 1.4 extender and of course a macro lens
    40D 17-55mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f.4.

    Could someone please help me by letting me know what settings and lens should I use to shoot the Moon over the Ocean and get the reflection in that scene also.. Thank You..

    I have never taken any night scenes before only the moon itself and I googled for two nights and cannot find the answer I want. With the Moon getting smaller every night and I only have three nights left as by Sunday it does not rise till 12.12am and what I want to shoot happens around one hour after that.
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    M A. The moon is a sunlit landscape, so you start with typical exposures for that.
    Factors that then affect the exposure are:
    -height of moon above horizon - ie, how much atmoshere the light has to traverse
    -phase of the moon - when full, you have the sun "behind you"; when say 1/4 phase or less, the sun's rays are glancing off the moon and are not very strong.
    -dust in the air (just to mention it).

    A typical shot for a full moon pretty high up would be aboput ISO100, f/11, 1/250sec

    Am. (Over the moon.)
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    Thanks Am I have tried that I cannot seem to get it right.
    Tonight I will try again when the moon is closer to the horizon though the reflection will not be as great and its only about a 3/4 moon now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Anne View Post
    Thanks Am I have tried that I cannot seem to get it right.
    Tonight I will try again when the moon is closer to the horizon though the reflection will not be as great and its only about a 3/4 moon now.
    It's even less, unfortunately, but see what u can do.
    A phase listing: http://moonphases.willyweather.com.a.../brisbane.html
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    Why aren't you happy with them? May help with a solution.

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    M A. Also have a look at this thread:
    http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...moon-at-Oramge
    by Mick B.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark L View Post
    Why aren't you happy with them? May help with a solution.
    I cant get the reflection on the Ocean and tonight I am going to try a slower shutter speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    M A. Also have a look at this thread:
    http://www.ausphotography.net.au/for...moon-at-Oramge
    by Mick B.
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    Thanks Am I looked at that one late this afternoon.

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    My thinking is the moon and the reflection need different exposures. GND filters or PP layers with a couple of images. Both things I dream about.

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    Thanks Mark.. The Moon rose at 10.16pm tonight and I tried different shutter speeds and ISO again with no luck
    I even walked across the road so I was closer to the beach and it looked wonderful so big and orange..
    At least I am getting to see it, and its something I will never forget.

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