Experimental Moon Photo
It’s nighttime and the night sky is cloud-free, the moon visible, and I thought I try to take a picture. I did set up my tripod, the D7100 and my Tamron 70-300mm lens. I activated the 1.3 crop mode of my D7100, then I disabled the vibration reduction mode of the lens as I wanted to use my tripod anyway. Apart from that, I enabled RAW and JPG fine, to see if I can get a little bit more quality out of the RAW file. I did set the camera manually to ISO 100, f/10 and 1/200 of a second. After I focussed, I tried some shots but most of them were not sharp, so that I enabled a 10 second delay timer, this did reduce the tripod shake and the images were now much sharper. I wonder if I should have tried the mirror lookup mode as well, but I can do this when I try to take a photo of the moon again. I edited the RAW file a bit, I cropped the image as 300mm are simply not enough. Apart from the crop, I also changed a couple of exposure related values.
The Jupiter was very visible close to the moon, like a very bright star. The main idea was that I wanted to have the moon and the little bright Jupiter in the shot, but I gave up soon. The Jupiter was not bright enough for the camera settings I used for the moon, and the moon maybe too bright to make the Jupiter visible in the photo. I thought I could try a long exposure shot, but I noticed my idea would be bad as the moon would then be even brighter and the image over exposed. Maybe there would have been a solution I am not aware of, but I was then fascinated by the moon alone and wanted to take a picture of it. I think the photo is not too bad, I hope you like the photo too.