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I started taking photographs of the moon at the beginning of this week and in my opinion I believe I have been getting better at it Smile but you may think differently!

The moon with a feint silhouette of a tree.

The moon with a silhouette of a tree and some clouds.

Half moon with plenty of negative space.

The moon as up close and personal as I may ever get.

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Comment by Toni Williams on October 24, 2012 at 4:58am
I will experiement more when it isn't as cloudy :) these are the first ever moon shots I have taken :D
Comment by CameraClicker on October 24, 2012 at 4:54am

Bigger sensors with bigger pixels handle noise better.  Bridge cameras have relatively small sensors, typically half the size or smaller than a dSLR with a crop sensor.  Because of the crop caused by the very small sensor, a relatively short telephoto lens appears to be much longer in 35mm terms.  Unfortunately cropping a crop accentuates noise.  Cropping outside the camera is still better than using digital zoom which crops in the camera and resulted in much noise in every camera I examined.

The moon is in direct sunlight so you can expose the same as you would for a photo taken on earth, at noon, low ISO, reasonable aperture and shutter speed.  To get a tree or cloud, you may have to over expose the moon which may cause noise, blur and/or the moon burning out because it is so bright.

Your Fuji has some options that might help, it has a multiple shots into single frame feature that sounds interesting, and an 8 Mpx low noise mode which may double up pixels or something to get the noise reduction.  Experimenting with the features may yield good results. 

There are products like Noise Ninja that remove noise, and if you shoot in raw, Adobe's Camera Raw can do a lot with noise.

I think they are all interesting takes on moon shots and are acceptable based on the equipment used, but if you are in the mood to experiment, you may achieve even better results.

Comment by Toni Williams on October 23, 2012 at 10:45am
Long zoom and crop. Yeah but I like the cloud and the silhouette of the tree in the first two :P
Comment by Mario Vargas on October 23, 2012 at 10:43am

The first two are noisy, the others are crops or taked with long tele?

Comment by Gaurav Kumar on October 23, 2012 at 9:12am

i like the last 2 images.... they are really good.!

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