Moon photography

Have you tried photographing moon? I love shooting moon. Moon, with textures, highlights and shadows on its surface, is such an artistic subject to photograph. I don’t have an uber long tele-lens, hence I always have to crop a bit to have the moon bigger on the final image. I usually shoot moon with my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS that I have already sold (more on that later), but now I have the Fuji XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS lens. On Fuji X-T2 body, the lens gives me 300mm on the long end.

Yesterday evening, the Singapore sky was clear and blue. The moon was in its day 11, 4 more days before full moon. And by 6pm Singapore time, it was already up in the sky, about 40 degree from the horizon. I grabbed my Fuji X-T2 and the 55-200mm lens and shot handheld with the image stabiliser on. I wanted something in the foreground so not to make it a boring image, so I decided to do a double exposure in camera. Nothing much around me to choose from for the foreground, but I saw these plants that I thought could make a nice foreground.

I first shot the moon at f/8 and underexposed it by 1 stop, then I shot the plants at f/4.8, the largest aperture I could get at 200mm for this lens, carefully placing the moon from the first shot among the leaves. Quite pleased with the outcome, not so boring shots of the moon.

Moon photography by Hendra Lauw

In-camera double exposure image of the moon among the leaves. Fuji X-T2 and Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.

The second image below was converted to black and white. It has that mystery in it that I love.

Moon among the leaves by Hendra Lauw

In-camera double exposure shot on Fuji X-T2 and Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. Converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom.

And last but not least, the lucky shots of the day when aeroplanes flew and were in the frame.

Moon and the blue sky by Hendra Lauw

Fly me to the moon. Fuji X-T2 and Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.

The last one below was shot when the sky was already darker. A plane with its condensation trails, lit by the warm setting sun, flew into the frame.

Moon and Aeroplane photography by Hendra L auw

Fuji X-T2 and Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS.

Care to share in the comment box below, those images of the moon you have shot before? Thank you for stopping by.

2 comments
  • GeoffJanuary 14, 2017 - 11:27 pm

    Great article. How do you shoot double exposure in camera on the X-T2?ReplyCancel

    • Hendra LauwJanuary 20, 2017 - 11:42 am

      Hi Geoff,

      On Fuji X-T2 or X-T1, turn the dial on the top left to one that has the sign of two overlapping rectangles.
      Then you take the first shot, you will see on the screen or through the viewfinder that it will prompt you to take the next shot to overlap with the first shot.
      You then take the second shot. If you are happy with it, just save it. Otherwise, you can retake the second shot. That’s it. Happy shooting. 🙂ReplyCancel

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