Photographing the Moon

A Supermoon is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth. According to astronomers, on March 19 2011, Saturday, the moon was 3,56,577km away from the earth as compared to 3,64,000km, because of which the moon would be 14% bigger and 28% brighter compared to normal days. Though this Supermoon was on a Saturday, according to IST (Indian Standard Time), the time at which the Supermoon would be nearest to India was at 03:30 AM, on Sunday.

photo of moon out of focusMoon out of focus with the Coconut leaves in the foreground. This was taken at 8:00 PM on Saturday.

This weekend I was at Mysore. I took a photograph of the Supermoon at 04:00 AM, on Sunday. Now, though I’m quite keen on photography I’m not outright crazy about waking up at 04:00 AM, on a Sunday morning, to  photograph the Moon! The credit for this goes to my wife. She woke me up at 03:50 complaining about mosquito bites – the Mosquito liquid vaporizer had dried up, so I had to get a refill for the Mosquito liquid vaporizer. After fulfilling my duty I headed towards the terrace with my camera. The result of which you can see here!

Nowadays most of you have in your possession a decent digital camera with a good zoom (>10X) with which you might also have attempted at photographing the Moon. Ever wondered why the photos didn’t turn up well?! Let me tell you that photographing the Moon is no easy feat.

Supermoon photographThings that have to be taken care to get a good photograph of the Moon

Camera settings:
Mode: Manual
ISO: lowest supported by camera. Used: ISO 200
Aperture: Widest at which the picture is sharpest: Used: F 7.1 (lowest for my 55-200mm lens is F 5.6)
Shutter speed: Fast shutter speed. Used: 1/1600 sec
Exposure compensation: -2.7 ev

Other settings:
Tripod or a platform to rest the camera: A must to prevent camera shake!
Remote shutter or Self-timed Shutter: Important as even the shake on the camera while pressing the shutter button is too much while taking such distant objects at full zoom.
Image Post Processing: To enhance the levels, contrast  and sharpening.

Follow the above settings and I promise you a Moon photograph that you will cherish!

Comments

  1. wow!!! Your moon shot was spectacular!!! I tried a couple of experiments myself and posted them on my blog 🙂

    • thanks sarah. saw the photos at your blog. your blog is taking the shape of a photo-blog from a food-blog!!? :p

    • Taking food photographs for my blog invoked an unquenchable interest in photography! So i was thinking of making it a food + photo + my usual banter blog

    • Nice to hear that. I can fuel your thirst by lending you some good photography books :). So when are you getting your domain name and moving your blog to wordpress.org platform? sooner the better madam!

  2. Wonderful shot.

  3. Madhumathi says:

    Haha.. great thing.. ur wife did.. 😀 on a sooper moon day.. good photograph though 🙂

    • Actually, I found no difference in the moon while photographing it. It was just a momentous occasion. :p

  4. Marvelous shot.

  5. Beautiful photo of the moon…..Anoop, well it was worth waking @ 4 am

    • Thanks Vasanthi. Honestly speaking, I found no difference in the size or brightness of the Moon on that day. Then again, I believe the scientists when they say its a Supermoon 🙂

  6. Wow… this is perhaps one of your most special shots! 🙂

  7. Beautiful pictures of the supermoon.

  8. Sahej Aggarwal says:

    nice shot dude ……….. i think u must dedicate the same to ur wife……….. 🙂

  9. I am sharing my findings on moon shot here. Hope you like it.

    http://alphaimagery.blogspot.in/2013/06/full-moon.html

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