Well before I started dabbling in photography,
and even as a child, I was fascinated with the moon!
It doesn't matter to me what phase, whether it is a
big full moon or a sliver of a crescent, I always want to see it!
So when Light.co invited me to share my favorite
thing to photograph as part of their #VantagePoint series, I
didn't have to think twice about what I wanted to do!
What a nice coincidence that the Supermoon of November 2016
came along just in time for some fun opportunities for this post!
This particular supermoon is 30% brighter and 14% bigger than
what we normally see from earth and will not be this close
again until 2034!
Here's what the supermoon looked like from my home in Ohio
on November 14th and November 15th.
Fortunately we had mostly clear skies!
I am often asked what camera and what lens I use for
photographing the moon and if I use a tripod.
I have to say that I always take the uncomplicated,
spontaneous approach to photography.
I use either my amateur Nikon CoolPix P100
that has a 26X Zoom (I used this for the 3rd photo),
or I use my Nikon D3200 with the AF 70-300mm lens.
I play around with the shutter speed and have found that
faster is better, especially if you are not using a tripod.
And speaking of a vantage point, I prefer the last photo even
to the closeup picture that shows all the craters and valleys
on the moon's surface. Those almost look like one is looking
through a telescope, don't you think?
Our surroundings, such as buildings, landscape
and trees give perspective to the size of the moon.
I think those are my favorite shots, like my last one above.
Times certainly are changing in the world of photography
with many opting for the convenience of using our iPhones
to capture most of their photos. And although they are
great for quick informal shots, they still are lacking in the
quality we love from our DSLR cameras.
Another option comes from Light.co in their newly developed
camera called the L16, which sounds very interesting!
Talk about cutting edge technology! The L16
takes 16 images from 16 sensors and fuses them
together to create an image which is very much like DSLR quality.
It's about the size of a cell phone and for a serious photographer,
the thought of not lugging a camera case full of heavy lenses
is very appealing! There is an email list to be notified when
they are ready for 2017 sales on their site
if anyone is interested. Check out their site HERE.
So, did you see the moon any time the last couple of days?
I'll be 73 years old the next time the moon is that big and bright.
Hopefully I'll still be spunky enough to get out there and
take some photographs! I wonder if I'll still be posting on