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.
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.
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
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!