Supermoon period coming on May 5 - get your cameras ready!!

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slaybells
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Supermoon period coming on May 5 - get your cameras ready!!
May 4, 2012

"On Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, the moon will officially turn full. And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.

The effect of this coincidence is a stunning skywatching sight called the "supermoon."....The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week."

http://www.space.com/15540-supermoon-science-full-moon.html

Can I ask you NEX'ers in places not covered with cloud and smog, to get their cameras out and show what moon-shots are possible on the NEX series of cameras? And post here*? I will try, but being in London (UK) means it will be a rare thing to have good atmospheric conditions...

Good luck and good hunting!

perhaps a dpreview photo comp?

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In reply to slaybells, May 4, 2012

slaybells wrote:

"On Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, the moon will officially turn full. And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.

The effect of this coincidence is a stunning skywatching sight called the "supermoon."....The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week."

http://www.space.com/15540-supermoon-science-full-moon.html

Can I ask you NEX'ers in places not covered with cloud and smog, to get their cameras out and show what moon-shots are possible on the NEX series of cameras? And post here*? I will try, but being in London (UK) means it will be a rare thing to have good atmospheric conditions...

Good luck and good hunting!

perhaps a dpreview photo comp?

Down in New Zealand here and was testing last night and getting ready for it.

I'll take a look and see what I can do with it.

All the best and working on it.

Danny.

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re: and if watched very LOW on horizon...
In reply to slaybells, May 4, 2012

...the supermoon should be also enormously large , but few time
zones would have such opportunity, alas !!

so, the best of lucks and a perfectly clear weather to all,
see your results soon,
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impressive!
600mm lens?

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slaybells wrote:

"On Saturday (May 5) at 11:35 p.m. EDT, the moon will officially turn full. And only 25 minutes later the moon will also arrive at perigee, its closest approach to Earth — a distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) away.

The effect of this coincidence is a stunning skywatching sight called the "supermoon."....The result will be a 16 percent brighter-than-average full moon accompanied by unusually high and low tides this weekend and into the new week."

http://www.space.com/15540-supermoon-science-full-moon.html

Can I ask you NEX'ers in places not covered with cloud and smog, to get their cameras out and show what moon-shots are possible on the NEX series of cameras? And post here*? I will try, but being in London (UK) means it will be a rare thing to have good atmospheric conditions...

Good luck and good hunting!

perhaps a dpreview photo comp?

Unfortunatly for me, Seattle weather is just as bad as London weather. All we are getting is rain and more rain.

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nzmacro wrote:

Down in New Zealand here and was testing last night and getting ready for it.

I'll take a look and see what I can do with it.

Wow, ISO 100 and 1/80s. What sort of "observatory" have you got hooked to your NEX?

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Finntiger wrote:

nzmacro wrote:

Down in New Zealand here and was testing last night and getting ready for it.

I'll take a look and see what I can do with it.

Wow, ISO 100 and 1/80s. What sort of "observatory" have you got hooked to your NEX?

He's got a nice 500mm Canon and a 1.4x TC I believe.

Since Danny obviously has us completely beat for having a full-resolution moon shot, we should all instead focus on landscapes, possibly reflections off of lakes, doing some HDR and such to try to get both the moon and land exposed properly. I may have to get a trial of photomatix or some other frame blending program just for this.

http://matthewdurrphotography.wordpress.com

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As much as I appreciate the news I am at a loss to understand what difference it makes if it is 16% bigger than normal with a normal camera and lens even if I have a longer lens. I just looked at the moon and it looks wonderful but without a telescope what would be different in my photo as I am so far away? Perhaps a stupid question but hope somebody could answer.
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Well, if you're taking photos of JUST the moon, I guess it doesn't really matter. But with good use of juxtaposition, the supermoon is much more noticeable.
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any suggestions as I live in the middle of Tel Aviv but outside my bedroom window I see the moon and as fabulous as it looks I can't see how different it would look. I have 100-400 + 1.4 extender so easy to take but what juxtaposition are you talking about to make it interesting?
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The best way to get the feel of a huge moon is to try to catch it on the horizon or very close to it, or against a mountain or hill, so that you can have something in the foreground that is silhouetted or photographed in front of the moon. By using a lot of telephoto reach, the moon can look very impressive or large against another object on land - a tree, a building, a person, a car, a bird, an animal, etc.

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An example when I wasn't really prepared for a moon shot - at sunset while cruising up the Saguenay River in central Quebec, I happened to notice the moon rising over the hills:

It looked much larger when zoomed in against the nearly hills and trees, because your eye compares the known size of the trees to the implied size of the moon, and given the moon's distance, it creates the impression that it's much closer or larger than usual.

The same scene with a smaller focal length shows how it looks much smaller, even though it's shot at the same time:

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Zackie, that's exactly correct.

the main thing that will make it stand out is Telephoto+Landscape (or person).

You might be able to silhouette a person with the moon as well, from far off. That would look very neat.

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http://www.pbase.com/fredyr/image/86281732
http://www.pbase.com/fredyr/image/86281732

I see what you mean. In 2007 I took the sun setting near the beach and turned around and the moon was rising. Quite a surreal experience. As it is tomorrow I will have time to think about it so thanks for the suggestions.

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...when circumstances "conspire" to make it perfect:

  • lots of small particles/dust in the atmosphere - like after a recent sandstorm, bushfire, or from some other source;

  • and the moon is rising/setting over a known cityscape/citiline or a very well known landmark;

  • then, even without magnifying effect of a tele lens, it can get really huge in relation to landscape, due to interference of moonlight passing through these microparticles;

  • just imagine all this combined with a supermoon in perigeum, low on horizon, esp. if there is little/no haze from moisture (in winter micro-grains of ice dispersed in the air are just perfect medium to get enormous moon rising) :D!!

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El Matadurr wrote:

He's got a nice 500mm Canon and a 1.4x TC I believe.

Since Danny obviously has us completely beat for having a full-resolution moon shot, we should all instead focus on landscapes, possibly reflections off of lakes, doing some HDR and such to try to get both the moon and land exposed properly. I may have to get a trial of photomatix or some other frame blending program just for this.

Bang on the money Matt.

I'll be down the road and waiting for the moon to start to come up over the hills and try to get the lens to do what it does best, compress. Let it pull the background more into the foreground so it looks closer, thats where long lenses work as well.

Thats all providing the weather is up for it, winter here and could well be a lot of cloud cover. If its fine, I'll have a good go at it mate

All the best Matt and the 300mm would do well with compression with the moon and landscape on the horizon.

Danny.

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Thanks for pointing out this event. Love the earlier Nex 7 pics, way to go.

Here's a very quick shot with a C3, 300mm x2, manual-everything, hand held.

It isn't particularly sharp, but tomorrow I plan to shoot a better one with the kids.

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Well, of course I can't compete with Danny but at least I can offer a picture of the moon from yesterday (weatherforecast for today was cloudy) the RIGHT side up

Greetings from the northern hemisphere...

Shot with 5N FD 80-200/4 @ close to 200, Teleconverter FD 2x-B, aperture 8 => f16.

I was surprised how fast the moon moves as I had to reposition the camera for almost every shot. This is an indication of not using too long shutter speeds. The night sky had humidity, there was a halo visible with the eye, but not with the camera. So I guess in winter a better shot should be possible. Massive use of tone curves.

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...only on Sunday, the 6th, but alas, weather forecast for Germany
is not very promising although a bit better than for today :); OTOH,
Hungary, Croatia, and further South might be for some luck :D,

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wildlife & macro:
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/qmusaget/sets/72157600341377106/
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cxsparc wrote:

Well, of course I can't compete with Danny but at least I can offer a picture of the moon from yesterday (weatherforecast for today was cloudy) the RIGHT side up

Greetings from the northern hemisphere...

Shot with 5N FD 80-200/4 @ close to 200, Teleconverter FD 2x-B, aperture 8 => f16.

I was surprised how fast the moon moves as I had to reposition the camera for almost every shot. This is an indication of not using too long shutter speeds. The night sky had humidity, there was a halo visible with the eye, but not with the camera. So I guess in winter a better shot should be possible. Massive use of tone curves.

Just waiting now for the moon to come up, fine day here. More practise. Tomorrow will be our 6th, so this should be fun if the weather stays fine for it.

Nice shot and good work to get it that clear. Its not easy so very nice.

All the best.

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