How to photograph the super bluish blood moon: tips from our photographers
Equally the super blue claret moon sets early Wednesday, photographers of all skill sets will caput outside and await to the heaven.
New York will run into just the beginning of the claret moon on the morning of Jan. 31.
Photojournalists Frank Becerra Jr. and John Meore besides every bit visuals editor Carrie Yale offer their tips and tricks on how to shoot the moon.
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Start with the equipment: a long lens is a must and a tripod doesn’t hurt.
“They should have at least a 300 mm lens,” Becerra said. “As far as camera goes, it doesn’t matter. They demand a good long lens.”
A tripod will help to stabilize the camera so any movements the photographer makes, no thing how pocket-size, will not affect the photo. Unexpected movements can cause blurs or other distortions to occur.
Next, telescopic out a adept spot.
Meore prefers non to take anything else in the photos of the moon to really showcase the beauty of Earth’south natural satellite. Becerra and Yale prefer to accept objects and landscapes in their photos of the moon to capture the grandeur of it.
“You lot desire to compose your photo so you are shooting the moon in context to something else; a house, people, trees, streetlights, anything that gives it size references,” Yale said. “Detect an interesting location and focus on the mural together with the moon.”
Once in the perfect spot, take some practice shots to test the exposure.
“The camera is going to try and make the blackness sky gray,” Meore said. “Just make sure you take the right exposure. A standard full moon is pretty much gray, it’south not blackness, information technology’s not white.”
Testing the spot meter, an exposure function found in cameras, will help to minimize the gamble of any discoloration of the moon, the nighttime sky or anything else a photographer wants to capture in their photo.
“Spot metering will read the reflection of the moon in the center of the photographic camera,” Meore said. “And so you’re getting a true reading of the moon and not the reflection of the black sky.”
And then when’s the best time to shoot the moon? Depends on preference.
“The all-time photo to get is in the very beginning, when the moon comes over that horizon,” Becerra said. “That’southward when information technology’due south going to be the biggest, that’s when yous run into an orange tint.”
Don’t be afraid to go creative with shots and be certain to take a lot of them.
“Shoot a lot of photos, one is spring to work,” Yale said. “You want to do multiple exposures so that you can find a remainder between your shutter and aperture to get particular in the moon likewise equally enough information in the residuum of your shot. Try dissimilar lenses for different focal lengths.”
How I got the shot
“This supermoon was going to exist the closest to Earth since the belatedly 40’s. It was a clear dark and I had to expect for the moon to clear the trees, equally I live in a small valley in the southwest section of Tuxedo virtually Sloatsburg. This was taken on a Sunday night effectually eight:30 p.m.” – John Meore
“I like to shoot the moon when it commencement comes up over the horizon and yet has that orange tint to it. With this shot I was looking for something to incorporate into the photo forth with the moon before it got to high in the sky, and the cord of Christmas lights in front of a business did the play a trick on.” – Frank Becerra Jr.
“I was driving around Putnam and Dutchess merely looking for photos and information technology was virtually four p.m. I was looking for dusk photos and didn’t even realize that it was a supermoon. I turned a corner at the top of a loma and it was simply facing me. I was pretty blown away, it was really low downward and I knew I was just in the right spot at the right fourth dimension. A lot of photography is only that. Being in the right place at the right time! I jumped out of the motorcar and waited for the moon to get to a clean spot where I could frame it betwixt the barn garage and the trees. I love that information technology was nether the electric line and only hanging in the middle with the deep blue sky and looking large and yellow. Information technology lit upwardly the snow just slightly, making for a perfect shot. The calibration of the moon next to everything else was spectacular. It didn’t last long and I also framed a couple of shots with the moon sitting on top of the pole. I liked those also but not equally much equally this i. So it’s just almost waiting and composing and existence patient besides every bit working with the environment. And being lucky!” – Carrie Yale