Supermoon 2012

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!

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  1. Oh so gorgeous KIm! I only saw it when it was high in the sky, since it was so cloudy here on Saturday! It was gorgeous thought and so bright even at midnight!
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  2. Your moon shots are beautiful! Well done ;)
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  3. love that first shot! Really nice! I don’t have a lens long enough for moon shots, which I was really bummed about saturday!
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  4. Oh my goodness Kim- I love the silhouette!!!!!!
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