Posted on March 21, 2011
As far back as I can remember, my daughter has always loved the moon. She could find that moon anytime, night, day it did not matter. Last Christmas she got a remote control moon for her room. It cycles through the phases of the moon, it has a 3-D lunar landscape. It is made my Uncle Milton and called “Moon In My Room.” Very cool.
This week, Super Moon was not exactly a new thing for us. We look and admire the moon almost daily. I could see that it was much brighter but to my daughter, it was the same old beautiful moon. I figured with everyone else snapping and sharing their shots of the moon, I would too.
Almost any night or day is a great time to photography the moon. I thought I would share a few tips.
You need to use a telephoto lens. You really need a lens that will go at least 200mm but the longer it is, the better. If you only have a point and shoot camera, zoom it out as far as you can. Also, include the landscape. Find something visually interesting to add to the scene since you will not be able to get really close to it. Trees, mountains, a body of water, or even a person’s hands “holding” the moon.
Use a tripod. Get that camera perfectly still for a nice crisp picture. If it is windy, use something to weigh down the tripod.
Do not use a shallow dept of field. Set your aperture around F9, F11 to get lots of detail. Take a shot and then play around with your settings.
Photograph the moon in its different phases. A full moon is not your only option. A crescent moon is just as beautiful.
If there are bare tree branches in front of the moon or clouds are moving across it, GREAT! That makes it look a little spooky.
I hope everyone enjoyed the Super Moon but in our house, the moon is super every night.
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