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March 19, 2011

Supermoon!

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The full moon tonight is a so-called “supermoon” – meaning the moon is at its closest point in its revolution around Earth while being full at the same time.  It is about 17,000 miles closer tonight than it is at its average distance from Earth, so I thought maybe tonight would be the night I could finally get some decent pictures with the Rebel.  My little Olympus Ultra-zoom camera used to do a decent job with the moon.  I featured this shot in my Project 365, but I hadn’t been able to figure out quite how to get a nice picture with Andre.  Brian recently shared his settings for a wonderful moon shot, so I decided to give them a try.  I got my best results so far!

The so-called "supermoon"

I took the above shot on manual focus because autofocus was arguing with me again, but despite being on a tripod and using the self-timer, it wasn’t as sharp as I’d like it to be.  I decided to go back and give autofocus another try.  I got a little better:

Tonight's "supermoon"

Still not as tack sharp as I would have liked ( I did have to crop in a bit ), but better than I’ve been able to do thus far.  I’m going to keep my eyes open this year for more full moon opportunities and try to catch it lower on the horizon so I won’t have to crop as much.  My landscape here at the house doesn’t lend to great low-in-the-sky shots, so I guess I’ll have to plan some moon field trips!