Supermoon 19th March 2011

'Supermoon' with 'luna corona'

We were told that this was the closest the moon would pass to the earth for something like 30 years, nothing to do with the course but an opportunity not to be missed.  I had no idea how to photograph the moon so I did a ‘google’ search.  Lots of conflicting information such as use a tripod vs handheld should be fine with a 300mm lens at 1/350 sec, use a wide aperture vs use a narrow aperture , most also suggested that the shot was likely to be over exposed so I would need to under expose by 1 – 2 stops.

My favourite of my 'supermoon' shots

I took several shots with a 70 – 300mm telephoto lens, set at 300 mm and at different apertures and shutter speeds.   The photographs  I was most pleased with were taken with the camera tripod mounted, surprise, surprise;  at f/8 and shutter speeds between 1/200 sec and 1/320 sec.  I bracketed exposure as suggested but found that the best shots had no exposure compensation.    Both of the shots here have been cropped although I left the top one smaller as you could clearly see the ‘luna corona’ on my monitor. Unfortunately not here though!


About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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