Capturing the Supermoon – perigree, syzygy and apogee

Capturing the Supermoon – perigree, syzygy and apogee

I woke up early the other day. 4:30am. Coincidently it was the morning of the April 2021 supermoon or pink moon. I took the following pictures with my Nikon D7200 with 18-300 millimetre lens. 

Read this great article from a specialist on moon shots. for the variety of settings to get the moon shot that doesn’t look like a bright disk. I add in what my variation on the settings was for me to get the phot on the right.

My first couple of pictures had the moon as a bright disc. Not interesting at all. My final settings were based on setting everything to manual, iso 100, 1/125 of a second F11 and although the lens zoom suggests only 125mm – I had the lens zoomed into its max of 300mm.

I used the timer to ensure that after pressing the shutter button, the camera – firmly fixed on the tripod, did not shake.

Here are a couple of comparison shots of good and bad. This ABC article details some of the science around the event.

Standard Settings vs Supermoon settings for a photograph of the moon.

Here is the best photo, but to check out the set including couple of the bright disc style photos, here is a link to the album.

As I rode my bicycle to the office at 5:45am, the brightness was welcomed as lit my path into the city.


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