All the Hype
I'm not a big fan of nighttime photography. I mean, I like to look at work done by other photographers, I just don't really have any interest in doing it myself.
But after all the hype about the super-moon for the past few days, I decided to try it tonight and see what I could get. So I did some research about what settings to use and set my camera to the recommended functions:
200 mm zoom lens (the longest I own)
125 shutter speed
and of course, my tripod
I headed up to the deck and waited. and waited. and waited. and then I decided that because I still had a little time, I'd go to the west side of the house and see what kind of a sunset it was going to be.
And I got this:
(it really wasn't this dark--I underexposed the image in photoshop because it so nicely enhanced the colors)
"Okay", I thought. Now back to the east side of the house. I waited some more and then I decided to get in the car and drive to higher ground. I did that. I drove 12 miles. Still no moon. And it looked very cloudy, so I decided to call it a wash and head back home.
After driving about 7-8 minutes I glanced in the rear-view mirror and saw that the moon had risen and was already well above the horizon... Yikes. Taking my life in my hands I pulled over, hit the button for the emergency flashers to come on, jumped out of the car and set up the tripod and camera.
I really should have just continued my drive home. This is so pathetic.
The moon was a tiny little orb in a huge expanse of sky--this is an extremely cropped section of the bigger picture, and therefore very soft.
Oh well, it's my one-and-only attempt at moon photography and will probably be my last. I'm just not all that interested. But it sure would have been nice if it had been more successful.