Extra Super Duper Moon

Extra Super Duper Moon

The astronomy calendar I subscribe to called it an extra super duper moon, so I’m passing it on. This was the full moon on July 13th and it was the largest (closest to earth) of 2022. The cliff in the foreground is the north end of Marrowstone Island … part of Fort Flagler State Park. The color is approximately correct … it was very impressive.

It was 10 PM and fairly dark by the time the moon rose. I had been skeptical on my way to Fort Worden and a cliffside spot I knew would provide a good view to the Southeast where the moon would rise. Indeed, I could not capture the moon’s details without leaving the foreground completely in shadow. So, I did what I could and dealt with what I had. I thought that a high dynamic range (HDR) photo technique of combining several images wouldn’t work well in this case with a 500mm lens … the motion of the moon was quite evident between shots.

13 Percent Waning Moon

13 Percent Waning Moon

The very thin crescent waxing moon sets just after sunset, but the thin waning moon rises before dawn. I don’t have as many shots, since I have to drive for a while before I have a view. On February 21st, I drove to where I had a view … but a thin cloud layer made the moon hard to focus on … and hard to pick out of the haze. (It’s at the top in the middle) I used binoculars to spot the moon as it rose above the Cascades and Puget Sound. Just lucky with the shipping traffic.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm with 2x adapter for 800mm
  • ISO 3200 1/160 sec f/11.0

Super Moon Rise

2019-03-20 Full Moon B&W
Super Moon 2019-03-20

2019-03-20 Full Moon Color

This shot was March 20th at 7:18 PM from Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. I used a 300mm lens with a 2x teleconverter on a tripod with a shutter release.

I can’t decide if I like the B&W or the color better. The reflection of the sunset in the windows on the houses on Whidbey Island is nice and shows up a little better in the color. But the B&W seems sharper and less hazy. The adjustments were made in Lightroom and the B&W conversion was made of the final color image in Silver Effects Pro 2.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x teleconverter

ISO: 100    1/25sec    f/8 (wide open with the 2x doubling the effective aperture)

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