As I was reading the news feed in one of my social media sites, I noticed a couple of memes relating to the so-called "super moon" and the fact that this current phase will be the last of it until the year 2034. I hadn't made any plans to shoot it but as I have been getting more interested in night and astro photography as of lately, thought it would be cool to try and see if I could make some cool photographs of the event.
It had been relatively clear most of the day, so getting a clear shot of it shouldn't have been too much of a problem, ...or so I thought.
As I took position at a higher vantage point in my home, there were a few fast moving clouds but the moon was still fairly visible. I took a couple of shots with a telephoto lens and then decided to switch to a wide lens to get more of a bigger picture as it was starting to look quite interesting.
In that very moment, the clouds went into high gear and in an instant there was no moon to be seen. Ughh!
After several minutes I realized [that] wasn't going to change anytime soon so I called it a night and went downstairs to do something else.
Many hours later, I decided to peek outside and see what -if anything- had changed in the scenery. To my surprise, the moon was as clear as I had ever seen it. I then grabbed my camera, switched on to a telephoto lens and snapped a few shots of it with a beautifully starlit sky as background.
I didn't realize how good or clear any of these shots were until this morning when I processed and viewed them on my big monitor.
I'll have to keep my ears peeled for any other upcoming night events that may provide opportunities to practice new techniques and yield great photographs.
In the meantime, hope you like these few photographs I managed to create last night.
ABOVE ↑ - Fast-moving clouds with a still visible moon.
BELOW↓ - View of the clouds as they passed in front of the moon
over a period of 30 seconds.
ABOVE ↑ - Moon peeking through the clouds. I love the color
and vibe of this one.
BELOW ↓ - Shortly after, this is all that was visible.
This was a 10-second exposure.
ABOVE ↑ - "Super Moon" on September 9, 2014
All photos © Mario Salazar Photography