I think I got it! This is very exciting to me. I was a bit discouraged after my many attempts on Thursday night, and I got advice from Carsten about photographing the moon, “A little hint: Try the overexposure warning setting on your camera. It will flash black and white in the areas where the image is over exposured. Then you can decrease or increase exposure to get the correct image.” This cuts down on the star burst effect some, but the detail was not there. I’m not sure if I understood him correctly, but my camera setting was on f/8, 0.6sec, ISO-200, exposure bias -3.3step, 105mm focal length, pattern metering mode, no flash compulsory, white balance-cloudy, Aperture priority exposure.
Then I recalled an advice from Will about setting a camera to spot metering mode when I had problem photographing a white water lily. The result is unbelievable, thanks guys the moon looks beautiful tonight. 🙂
This was taken on 7/25/10 shortly after 12:30 am (00:30), Canon T2i, EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, setting f/4, 1/640sec, ISO-100, white balance-cloudy, exposure bias -2.3step, 105mm focal length, spot metering mode, no flash compulsory, Aperture priority exposure.
camera setting f/4, 1/250sec, ISO-100, white balance-cloudy, exposure bias -1 step, 105mm focal length, spot metering mode, no flash compulsory, Aperture priority exposure.