This past Saturday I posted “Shoot the Moon – but you’d better hurry!,” about the moon being at perigee, that is, the closest it has been to earth in almost 20 years, and what a great photo-op it would be for photogs. I gave some moon shooting tips and recommended everyone get out that night and give it a go.
The results have been impressive, and I’ve included some of the best shots here (click on each image for a view in the photog’s original gallery):
Tom Reichert shot the above with his Nikon D300s at F4, 1/1250 sec, in shutter priority mode, ISO 200. He used a focal length of 400mm (600mm equiv), allowing him to really get us close.
Judy Horton used pine trees to frame the perigee moon. Her camera was a Nikon D300 in shutter priority at F2.8 and a speed of 1/13 sec, ISO 640. Her focal length was 70mm (105mm equiv). Judy writes:
Full Moon Over the Black Forest – I live in an area north of Colorado Springs called the Black Forest. We were in Denver earlier in the evening to see my daughter’s ballet students perform and on the drive home, the full moon had risen and was partially covered by clouds. We stopped the car and I took a few shots, but I did not have my tripod and it was quite windy. By the time we got home, the moon was completely covered by clouds. A bit later I went outside to check and it was visible through the pines, so I grabbed the camera and tripod and took a few shots. This is one that I like reasonably well.
Colleen Griffith took a look around and while the rest of us were aiming our lenses skyward, she captured a scene made beautiful by the light of the full moon, Pigeon Point Lighthouse. Colleen’s camera is a Nikon D700, set to ISO 320, F2.8 and a long shutter speed of 30 sec. Focal length was 85mm. Colleen describes the shoot as follows:
This northern pacific coast lighthouse is located just south of Pescadero and Half Moon Bay, two cute little coastal towns easily accessible from San Francisco, California. I captured this moonset photo the morning the moon was it’s closest to the earth in the past 18 years, March 19 2010. The sun still had not risen, so, the light you see in the clouds and reflected on the ocean was from the incredibly bright full moon as it was setting over the Pacific Ocean. We’ve had virtually non-stop rain over the past week, and this morning was no different – so I was lucky the moon peeked out of the clouds just a bit to add some mystical moonlight to the ocean and clouds.
And here’s my entry – taken with a Nikon D90 (believe me, it was not my intent to only feature Nikon cameras in this post!), shot at a focal length of 200mm (300mm equiv), at F11, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, in manual exposure mode. Contrast increased and sharpened, cropped in Corel PSP.
One thing that should be very evident is the wide variety of exposures and focal lengths used to make these images.
Special thanks to Tom Reichert, Judy Horton and Colleen Griffith for sharing their work.
– Posted by Ed