Photos of moonlit clouds with moon in frame

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MacM545 Contributing Member • Posts: 585
Photos of moonlit clouds with moon in frame

I have tried photographing an extremely high contrast scene of clouds with the moon in frame. Although the results were dramatic, the photos were much more artistic than, in a sense, technically perfect. I could overexpose as well as underexpose but the extreme dynamic range was literally daunting to overcome. HDR was in practice not feasible as the clouds moved very quickly- I was trying to use a long focal length of about 230mm to get at least some lunar detail. You might be able to imagine why getting the scene in a single photo was daunting, but if at all possible, can it be done without resorting to composite?

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Trollmannx Veteran Member • Posts: 6,706
Re: Photos of moonlit clouds with moon in frame

MacM545 wrote:

I have tried photographing an extremely high contrast scene of clouds with the moon in frame. Although the results were dramatic, the photos were much more artistic than, in a sense, technically perfect. I could overexpose as well as underexpose but the extreme dynamic range was literally daunting to overcome. HDR was in practice not feasible as the clouds moved very quickly- I was trying to use a long focal length of about 230mm to get at least some lunar detail. You might be able to imagine why getting the scene in a single photo was daunting, but if at all possible, can it be done without resorting to composite?

Try again in twilight before the sky becomes too dark.

If that is not possible take a separate image of the moon and blend in post. Cameras have limited dynamic range, no way around that in a single shot.

bmike
bmike Senior Member • Posts: 2,257
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Moon over clouds

Moon rising over Glarus alps.

Moon through clouds

Digitaliz
Digitaliz Regular Member • Posts: 360
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Shoot the moon däringa daylight and turn it into black and white.

/Stefan

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nighthiker Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Photos of moonlit clouds with moon in frame

Hi!

Try to reduce the contrast (e.g. twilight sky, thin clouds in front of the moon, etc.) of the scene and increase the dynamic range of your camera (e.g. use low ISO). Example from a single frame below.

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