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by on Nov.17, 2016, under Life, Photography

One more crappy Supermoon shot to add to the endless stream of supermoon shots I’m sure you all have in your feeds.

I was out in the country (at Coolah) during the best supermoon evening (the 14th) and had intended on shooting it out there. I’d planned ahead and taken my long lens (the Sigma 50-500) with me. I’d intended on shooting from lower in the hills with a nice clean horizon of an open field. With perhaps a few nice trees at the top for the moon to rise behind and silhouette.



NIKON D750 + 50.0-500.0 mm f/4.5-6.3 @ 500 mm, 1/60 sec at f/8, ISO 800

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

Unfortunately my plans were dashed when it was pretty much 100% cloudy and raining around sunset and after. I didn’t even see that moon that night.

So here I am back in Sydney and it’s second chance time. I couldn’t be bothered to go anywhere to shoot so this is from our house looking across to the city across the valley :).

This is actually a composite of four exposures. Two taken for the ambient sky and buildings (so they are nicely exposed – basically they’d all be black otherwise). These were taken at 3 seconds at f/8 and ISO 800.

The second set of exposures is taken just for the moon to get it’s exposure right. These two shots were at 1/60 and 1/15 sec at f/8 and ISO 800.

There’s about seven and a half stops difference between the two sets of exposures. Thus why the whole frame can’t be captured in a single exposure.

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