The moon Saturday night was spectacular. I missed 2011′s supermoon, so I made sure to be ready this year. I couldn’t capture the moon on the horizon since we have a decent amount of tree coverage. I had to wait about 2 hours for the moon to rise above the treeline. Around 10:30, I finally could see the moon peeking above the trees. I got a little overzealous with my tripod, and temporarily broke it trying to raise it about 15 minutes into shooting the moon.
I used my kit lens zoom which is a Nikkor 70-300mm. I use quality primes normally, but I have not yet been able to afford a better zoom. I was still fairly pleased with the performance of the lens in this shooting situation.
My camera settings were ISO 100, f/11, and 1/80s. I wanted to keep the moon well lit, while keeping the sky black. I used spot metering.
This is a straight forward shot. I chose to use The Rule of Thirds instead of centering to create the idea of expanse…that a big sky is holding this amazing moon. I would have loved the capability to zoom in a bit more.
In a feeble attempt at creativity (or killing time..whichever), I captured this moon as I waited for it to rise completely.
I had no choice but to center the subject to get the leaves in silhoutte. Capturing the moon was really fun. Seeing the details so clearly was brilliant!