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SuperMoon!

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Sam Posten, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. Mark Booth

    Mark Booth Cinematographer
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    We were in Cambria, CA on Wednesday. I didn't bring my DSLR with me for the trip (nor a tripod) so these were shot with my Canon G3X point & shoot. Upside: It has a 600mm optical zoom lens. Downside: It isn't as sharp as my DSLR and high ISO images have too much noise by comparison. I used the roof of our Miata as a "tripod" and used the self-timer to snap each image. The images have been cropped a bit from their original size. Click the images for larger versions.

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    The reason I didn't bring my DSLR and a few lenses is because I was also carrying my drone in the trunk. Can only fit so much photography gear in a Miata. :)

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  2. Scott Merryfield

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    So, where's the drone video of the SuperMoon, Mark? ;)
     
  3. Mark Booth

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    The ones above were shot with a 600mm zoom lens. A shot with my drone would have the moon about the size of the period at the end of this sentence. :)

    Mark
     
  4. Sam Posten

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    Wraaaa, Astrotrac has gone from a $500 item to $2500!!!
    https://www.astrotrac.com/

    You can't even buy the old ones any more. One time I shoulda listened to my FOMO!
     
  5. Scott Merryfield

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    Not to make you feel even worse, but that link lists the price as 2,400 pounds, not dollars. With the current exchange rate, that is over $3,200.
     
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    Anyone planning to shoot the lunar eclipse this coming Sunday?

    https://www.space.com/42830-supermoon-blood-moon-total-lunar-eclipse-2019.html

    I just placed my Lens Rentals order for a Sigma 150-600 Contemporary. Last year for the Supermoon I rented a Nikon 200-500, but I thought I would give Sigma try, not having ever used their glass.

    We should have totality here (Albuquerque) at a reasonable hour, and hopefully clear skies.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up. This wasn't on my radar. I will plan to photograph it, since in 2015 there was a harvest/blood/super moon and I was playing around with an old 400mm lens of my dad's that ultimately wasn't so sharp. You can see the results in the album Total Eclipse of a Red Super Harvest Moon

    I picked up a Tamron 150-600 since then, but it's currently for sale. This lunar eclipse will be a nice last hurrah before it goes on to a new owner.
     
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  9. Scott Merryfield

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    Thanks for posting this, Brian. I'm not sure if we will be home that night, but if we are I may give it a try with my Canon 100-400L II + 1.4x extender. That's my longest lens.
     
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    Too bad we're apparently expecting pretty rough weather here in NYC area -- low teens maybe even down to single digit temps w/ significant winds for additional chill (and difficulty for long tele photos at night)... after some freezing rain in the morning... not to mention likely partly cloudy night skies...

    I suppose it could be worse... but no thanks...

    _Man_
     
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    We won't have extreme weather, but typical, with rain forecast, so most likely clouds will block the view.
     
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    We just returned home from my parents place in northern Michigan, so I didn't feel like battling the Arctic cold temperatures to setup for a shot last night. You were more ambitious than I was, Sam.
     
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    The closer we got to totality, the more clouds came over, to the point where the moon could not be seen through the cloud cover.

    I had a few passable shots of the partial eclipse, but I struggled. I has never used the Sigma 150-600c before, and I know it is more than capable, but I could not get the level of sharpness I was hoping for. My shots were much better during last year's SuperMoon with the Nikon 200-500.

    I thought my technique was on point, but I just did not get the results I was hoping for. I will post a few shots in a bit, and perhaps you guys can offer up some C&C.
     
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    We had thin, hazy clouds, but at least you can tell it is the moon. :)

    BrightMoon. DSC_1461.
     

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