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Shooting Portraits with a Giant Moon Using a 1120mm Lens

Who doesn’t love portraits with a giant moon?

Photographer Eric Pare recently went out into the desert and shot a set of photos showing a model sitting next to the moon. And the size of the moon in the

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How to Photograph the Moon | Digital Trends

How to capture great moon shots.

A supermoon is rising. Wondering how to photograph it without ending up with a blurry glowing orb? Here’s how.

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Moon photography failure

It was 5 p.m. in Fort Collins and I realize that the moon would be rising to the East at about 7:44 according to the time and date website. Dutifully cooking dinner and racing out the door, I headed down to Denver to catch the Harvest Moon rising behind the Denver Skyline.

To my surprise 7:44 turned into almost 8 p.m and the darkness would be too stark a contrast between the moon and the lights of the buildings. The sun was blown out in my attempts at one to two second exposures. Add to that the oblong shape the moon creates as it moves across the sky.

The lesson I learned fro the outing is the only way I could capture the moon and a nice cityscape is to capture a double exposure. Tackle a beautify long exposure with an ND filter then wait for the moon to position itself into the shot then take the second exposure.

To make the best of the trip, I waited for the moon to leave my field of view and snapped a few shots of the skyline from Sloan’s Lake.


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Improve your moon shots


It may seem painfully obvious but the trick to moon photography is three-fold:

  1. Capture your image 30 minutes prior to the moon setting or 30 minutes after it rises. During this half-hours, the moon appears to be larger due to sciencey stuff. Ask you smart friends and they will tell you why it looks larger.
  2. Compose your shot using a compelling foreground. This will give your image a reference point and introduce an interesting subject and set it apart from other photographer’s moon shots. Be creative by including objects which may not usually be paired with astronomy. Perhaps a hamburger.
  3. Stand back and use a large zoom. The Tamron 150-600mm (used for the photo above) is a great lens to use for moon, sunset and sunrise pics. It will set you back about a grand but it is well worth it. I say stand back because you will want to size your secondary object appropriate to the size you want the moon to be in your picture. Obviously, moving back will not change the size of the moon but it will change the perspective of what you are trying to shoot. In this picture, I kept moving back and forth until the one wind turbine was about the size of the moon. This image was captured at the long end of the zoom so I only had f/6.3 in which to work. Be prepared to get a little grain as you will most likely need to shoot at 400-1000 during dusk when the moon is rising or setting. If you want to know the moon rise and moon set times, consult the time and date website.
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The Photographers Ephemeris (TPE) Versus PlanIt! for Photographers

Looking for the perfect placement of the sun, moon, or Milky Way? Try PlanIt for you next photo outing.

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