I had heard about supermoons before, but I’ve never attempted to photograph one. And I almost missed last night’s showing because I didn’t even know that October 16 was the night of the supermoon.
Luckily, a friend’s Facebook post about supermoons caught my attention last night and I decided to give it a shot.
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What is a supermoon anyway?
When a full moon occurs near the moon’s closest approach to Earth, that moon is called a supermoon. They usually occur 3 – 6 times a year and in 2016, we’ll see three supermoons:
- October 16 (last night)
- November 14
- December 14
Next month’s supermoon will be the moon’s closest approach for the year, but it will also be the closest for the 21st century!
I chose Morne Bruce because of the view of the city and it’s close to home. Next month I’ll probably take a drive up north to The Cabrits.
The first image I attempted to capture featured the 19th century crucifix located at The Morne. This was a relatively simple shot, as The Cross is lit by two or three florescent bulbs.
The second image was more difficult to achieve. Besides the fact that the moon was very high up in the sky, I needed to use a very long exposure to get the bright sky effect that we all see with our naked eyes. Here’s the result:
The last image was also simple; I just had to make sure that my hand didn’t shake too much! Despite it’s simplicity, it is my favorite photograph from that night. Here’s a closeup of the October 16, 2016 supermoon:
Did you notice the full moon over the weekend? Did you take any pictures 🙂 Tell me and show me in the comments below!