39 – Super Moon – May 5, 2012

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There was so much hoopla on TV about the super moon being the closest to earth this year (I missed last year’s), that I just had to get out there and do it. After finding out there were too many trees at my pre calculated spot on Peacock Pocket Road, Merritt Island NWR, I had to rethink my plan for a “Perfect Moonrise.” So off to Playalinda Beach, where I found at least 30 other people with the same Idea. But all of us left when we were told we had to be out of the area by 7:30 PM or we would be fined. This was disheartening—what has the world come to? So onward to plan “C.” I went to my favorite sunrise spot on Bio Lab Road, and found two couples planted there with beach chairs. That’s OK—let’s share the spot—I thought. And we did.


Woman holds the moon – Canon EOS 7D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/4.0, 1/30, ISO 200.

Once the moon came up, this woman wanted here picture taken as she held the moon in her hand. I suspect the fellow on the right had the moon in good position, but I thought I’d go a step further—just to be sure.

Super-Moon Rising

Super-Moon Rising – Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM,  f/2.8, 1/500, -1, ISO 200.

The moon was almost invisible through the haze on the horizon. But with a little help from Photoshop, it came out OK.

3. Super-Moon Rising

Super-Moon Rising – Canon EOS 7D, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM,  f/2.8, 1/500, -1, ISO 200.

Once it was out of the haze area, things got better.

4. Full Super-Moon

Full Super-Moon – Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF500mm f/4L IS USM,  f/4, 1/250, -1, ISO 400.

Here’s the HDR with a separate moon implant—shot at same time. Even using HDR, the moon was a blow-out😦.

HDR with Moon Implant (from same shoot)

HDR w/Moon Implant (from same shoot) – Canon EOS 7D, EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, f/4.5, 3X.

BTW: To get the best exposure for the crater surface of the moon:

Start with a normal daylight exposure at ISO 100 or 200. Then the lenses’ largest aperture to get the fastest shutter speed. Remember—the moon is really moving across the sky quite fast. Then underexpose by 1 & 2 f/stops.

This is a starting point. It’s like salt & pepper—adjust according to taste:-).

3 responses to “39 – Super Moon – May 5, 2012

  1. I’ve been on the road and just getting caught up. What a beautiful moon you captured. Thank you for the photo tips…I love the one of the girl holding the moon…very unique and fun…

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