Super Moon June 23, 2013

June 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Some of you may have heard news about the super moon. Being crazy as we are, we chose to watch the moonset in the early morning hours of Sunday instead of the moonrise on Saturday night. As we approached the Belt Parkway entrance we saw right away the moon was hanging bright and full over the Verrazano Bridge. We stopped over near 99th Street to snap some photos of the moon over the bridge and the streets of Bay Ridge. The sky is a bit hazy with some fog. We headed down to Belt Parkway to the small parking lot there. At 3:30am the moon is still a bit high. But the Bridge is gorgeous under the inky blue sky. The moon hangs a bit too far left from the Bridge. I had hope the moon would be a bit closer the Bridge. Anyway, as the moon sink lower and lower it got bigger and took on a yellow hue. Around 5 am the eastern sky began to light up with pre-dawn colors of pink and orange. To add a bit drama to the finale a cruise ship entered the New York harbor and passed right over the setting moon at about 5:30 am.  

 

You may want to know tips for photographing the moon.

  • At full moon it is always sunny on the moon. Use sunny settings as a starting point. You will be surprised how bright the moon is. 
  • Bracket your shots and take multiple shots of various exposure settings. Checking it on the camera LCD after each shot. 
  • If you find it difficult to do autofocus, then do manual focus and turn it to infinity. Or try focusing on something very far off under autofocus and switch the lens to MF manual focus. Enlarge the image on the LCD to check for sharpness. 
  • At foreground to add interest. Use some recognizable iconic buildings or landmarks. Even a simple tree can make it less boring. 
  • Use telephoto lens to zoom in to make it big. But the more zoomed in you are, the more stability you need. Using a tripod is highly recommended. Depending on what you are shooting for, open up the aperture to allow for faster shots to reduce blur. The moon also moves really fast due to earth's rotation. In fact all astro bodies do.

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