Shooting the Moon: Supermoon Photography 2013

English: The "Supermoon" of March 19...

English: The “Supermoon” of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to a rather “average” moon of December 20, 2010 (left): note the size difference. Images by Marco Langbroek, the Netherlands, using a Canon EOS 450D + Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar MC 180mm lens. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shooting the Moon: Supermoon Photography 2013

Tomorrow night, I am aiming to shoot the moon.  Photographically. that is. Tommorow June 22, and Saturday June 23rd are the ideal dates for shooting this natural wonder.  In case you aren’t familiar with the term “Supermoon” it refers to the moons closest proximity to the earth in 2013.  This proximity causes it to appear larger and brighter in the sky, making for some really cool photographic opportunities.  More information on the Supermoon event can be found at this website: Earthsky: Supermoon.

Photographing the moon, for those of you who have never tried it, isn’t as easy as it sounds and I’ve been reading a lot of information on how to best accomplish the picture I want.  I’m aiming not only for the moon, but for some landscape to surround it.  I live on an island, so that landscape is likely to be something involving the ocean, and all the things accompanying it.  I might be shooting from Port Canaveral’s Jetty Park, but I haven’t quite decided yet.  Here are a few resources on how to shoot supermoon 2013.

So start here: 

If you’re not into reading the info,  here’s a quick rundown.  You need a sturdy tripod, a telephoto lens (300mm +), the ability to set and release a shutter timer (a remote or a timer function), and a lot of patience.  I also suggest turning off any guide lights on your camera (my nikon d7000, d80 have these) and you will NOT be using flash. A lot of recommendations also say to use mirror lock-up, a feature many amateur photographers aren’t familiar with.  Shoot the lowest ISO you can go (100, 200) and a low-medium aperture. Your shutter speed will vary based on the light (think clouds, artificial light) conditions you are shooting in.  It will be very difficult to shoot this event with a camera on automatic or a point and shoot. (Post Script- USE the Bracketing Feature on your camera if you have one!)

Good luck and Nice Light!  Share your photos with me!

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