Has been a great few months for lunar observations with supermoons for both April and May. The May supermoon had the bonus of of a complete lunar eclipse visible from pretty much anywhere over the Pacific. Possibly the only downside was the eclipse took place high off the horizon making any sort of foreground composition impossible. Still, had a great time observing this one, I didn’t even have to leave my back yard.
Had a near perfect alignment of the rising moon and the cathedral in the town where I live a few weeks ago and took my cameras out to a high point to see what I could capture. Had both my Panasonic GX85 with the Olympus 75-300mm @ 187mm (or 374mm Full Frame equivalent) and an Sony a7R with a Samyang 135mm set up using their internal intervalometer functions to capture the rise of the moon, and then again as I repositioned to get the moon transitioning behind the steeple of an old school building. I also had my Sony a7S III with me, so while these shots where being taken I took the opportunity to test a Picture Profile I had setup in my a7S III for use with low light video. Think it might be ok for urban environments, verdict is still out for use when away from all sources of ambient light. Anyway, not much in the way of a plan with this video, was quite happy with the way it came together.
With the majority of my night photography I am looking for the clearest of dark skies. Usually this means very intentionally avoiding the moon and any sort of cloud cover where I can. I’ve been visiting family on the coast for the past few weeks and was excited to visit some of my favorite coastal spots. Knowing bad weather was due to set in for days, I took the opportunity to get out and take some shots while I had the clear skies. As usual, I scouted during the day with plans to return that night. The big drawback though was the 62% moon that was going to be present for the entire time I was out. I almost didn’t take my full kit, thinking the washed out sky was going to be too large of a degradation to do any serious photography. How wrong I was, it was so refreshing to get a different perspective on the night with the spectacular coast taking on a very different persona under the illumination of the moon.Continue reading “Coastal Moonscape”