Super Moon Parking Lot

November 14, 2016  •  16 Comments


I hadn't planned on photographing the super moon today.  From our house the sky would be too dark to get any detail around the moon, other than the moon by itself surrounded by black sky. A bright moon hanging in a black void certainly doesn't give any sense-of-scale for how large the moon appears when it first rises above its surroundings.  But then I found myself having to stop by the store on my way home from work. When I pulled into the parking lot, there was the moon, front and center, staring me in the face as it rose above the north end of the Sandias.  With all the lights in the parking lot, I was able to get a shot of the full moon rising, looking very large over the lightly illuminated surroundings in its super luminous state.


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You have to remember that the full moon is the same exposure as daylight. On this photo I had to go in between overexposing the moon and still underexposing the parking lot, and then working out the details in camera raw. The exposure was 1/200 at ƒ/4, ISO 400. A better exposure for the moon at that point, but still a bit over exposed, was 1/250 at ƒ/6.3, ISO 400.
All my supermoon shots were overexposed.
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Thanks, Lavinia! It's been clear and nice during the day, but cold at night at our house. 23ºF this morning.
Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
That is a beautiful image, Tim!

Rained here last night. The sky has been changing here all day, so I don't know what we might get for a view tonight. It will be brief at best.
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A super super moon. Thanks, Bruce!
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