For us deep-sky images I’m afraid the Moon is simply a nuisance, especially as it approaches full. Well tonight I wanted to do some imaging – so there’s only one choice really, and that’s the Moon. This image was taken with the Canon 40D and the 100-400 mm zoom lens with a x1.4 teleconverter giving me an overall 560 mm focal length.
There was a bit more to it than just pointing and clicking as you might imagine. Despite it’s brightness, the Moon is surprisingly difficult to photograph well. So I threw everything I had into this image. First off I shot at ISO 100 and used camera RAW. I then chose 3 different exposure times from underexposed to overexposed and HDR combined them. Crop, some curves, some Noel Carboni contrast enhancement, and finally some CS3 smart sharpening gave this final result. Not the best I’ve ever seen, but reasonable for a quick experiment.