Monday, December 15, 2008

December 12th Full Moon


On December 12th, 2008 the full Moon loomed larger in the sky than it has since 1993. It entered its full phase, its disc appeared completely illuminated by the Sun, just four hours after reaching its closest point to Earth.


I missed taking any pictures of it at the beginning of the night but got my first moon picture ever the next morning. I know, I know, I wasn't using the tripod. It was enough for me to realize that the moon was looking pretty good at 6 something AM . I had just woken up, saw the moonlight, grabbed the camera and a sweater and ran outside in the freezing New England morning. I wasn't thinking of the tripod but just wanted to capture what I could before the dawn light took away the dark sky.

I used my Canon XTi Digital Rebel. Didn't do anything special, 6.4 aperture, 200 iso with my Tamron zoom lens out to 300mm. I tried to frame it as best as I could without it being to busy. There wasn't much open space and I was still in my pajamas so I wasn't about to run around the neighborhood looking for a better shot. That's the down side to getting that few minutes window of opportunity for those golden hour shots. Maybe the next full moon I will be better prepared.



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