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  • FishTXFishTX Super Moderator Posts: 8,995 Senior Member
    With digital you can expose for both and blend the exposures. Seems like the easiest way to handle it. Now if I can find a suitable barn with a road near it in the right place. You people in the mountainous areas have lots of good foregrounds.
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  • Scott ButnerScott Butner Senior Member Posts: 3,918 Senior Member
    "mountainous areas?"

    not for about 100 miles in one direction or another. Though we do have one nice lump that is called a mountain but is rather non descript.

    my point is that the moon will obscure the tail, regardless of exposure, once it becomes bright. There's really no escaping the fact that we have about a 3-5 day window in all likelihood, to get optimal images.
  • yataheyyatahey Senior Member Posts: 5,605 Senior Member
    What about HDR as the moon gets brighter?
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  • Scott ButnerScott Butner Senior Member Posts: 3,918 Senior Member
    yatahey wrote: »
    What about HDR as the moon gets brighter?

    Depends on what your objective is.

    HDR doesn't solve the problem of the moon overwhelming the sky with light -- take a 20 sec time exposure at night under a half moon and it is hard to distiguish either foreground or sky from a daylight shot. There's a reason you can't see the milky way during a full moon, and likewise, the comet, which will be growing fainter as the moon grows larger from the 12th onward, will be hard to distinguish NOT because the comet is relatively dim compared to the moon, but because the moon will be lighting up the sky around the comet, making it hard to differentiate.

    also, other than stretching out the # of days that we can photograph the comet, there's not much to be gained. By about the 16th, the moon will be well up in the sky when the comet is near the horizon, so you won't find them int he same part of the sky. if you shoot with a wide lens, you might get them both in one shot. But otherwise you'll have to choose one or the other to photograph.

    it's the same reason that there's only a couple hours each month where you can really hope to get a nice photo of the moon near the horizon and in close balance with the land. the combination of relative brightness, proximity to the horizon, etc only happen during the first half hour or so of a full moon rise, and just before it sets. MAYBE if you're lucky, you'll get it the night before the full moon as well. But by the night following the full moon, it's already an hour or so behind the sun, and hence the foreground is usually way too dark to capture with the moon. I've tried the HDR thing but have never liked the results -- your mileage may vary.

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