How’d your super moon photos come out?

How'd your super moon photos come out?
How'd your super moon photos come out?
Will Femia

 UPDATED 3/22: Holy moly that’s a lot of pictures!

How'd your super moon photos come out?

Post ‘em if you got ‘em.

Share your links in the comments or if you don’t have a link, upload them here and I’ll add them to this post.

Buzzfeed did a nice round-up and of course Flickr is brimming with them.

Having taken a lot of terrible white circle moon photos in the past, I took the time this weekend to research how to shoot the moon. It turns out, the most common mistake is to assume that because you’re in the dark, you need a lot of light sensativity. It’s not actually a night shot. I saw recommendations of f11 and shutter speeds of 1/125 with ISO 100. Given those settings, it’s odd that a tripod is also recommended. My photo (the top one) was taken free-hand.

The need for a tripod may come when you use the right kind of lens. The recommendations I read were for 300mm or more. Sadly, I don’t own one of those so the best I could do was a 50mm. So I got some crater detail, but it could never be more than a small dot. Andy shot his on a tripod with a Canon G12 with a pretty impressive result. (Next full moon, super or otherwise, I’m going to rent a telephoto lens for the day and see if I can get something more compelling. Lens rentals are actually remarkably cheap. I can’t say enough good things about spending $30 or so to experiment with a lens that costs a couple thousand dollars.)

What I do know about the big telephoto lenses is that if you use a high f stop number, you flatten the depth of field. So if you’re including a distant building in your shot, both the building and the moon appear in focus and the moon looks that much closer. I think at that point you’d need the stability of a tripod.

The other real key (that I also failed to do) is to shoot at moonrise. That way you get the moon close to the horizon with some Earth-bound context and you have enough sunset light still hanging around to light the scene and give you some nice sky color.

Ok, lessons taken. I’ll meet you back here next month to try again.

Supermoon through skeletonic trees...Super perigee moon on 19 March 2011 as seen from Slatington, PA - USASuper MoonThe Super Moon shot 3/21/11 from Liberty State Park, NJSuper Moon on a foggy night in Milwaukee, WISuper moon taken in the high desert of CalifFull Moon with Clouds, .3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400Full Moon with Clouds, .3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400Moon over Gilbert, AZMoon over Gilbert, AZTaken with a Nikon CoolPix 8700Between the Moon and New York City 3Between the Moon and New York City 2Screen grab from a time-lapse shot of this weekends Super moon!! 3-19-11"super" moon in Monroe County, MI
the halo was sooo coolSupermoon, one night early; the weather was supposed to be cloudy in Georgia on Saturday, so I took my best shot Friday night.Moon A-Risin'...Part 2
Not above the treeline yet, I was able to catch this shot.  The surround area around the moon was too dark for this shot to be seen.Moon A-Risin'
Location: RT81 and Bartel Road, in Brewerton, NYThe Moon...Exposed!!!
Extended exposure shot taken on Oneida Lake, in Brewerton, Moon in Hudson HeightsSuper SCARY moon over DC!Taken at about 35 degrees.SuperMoon

How'd your super moon photos come out?