Shoot the Supermoon Eclipse Like a Pro-LGF Live blog
Who wants in? This Page is for any of us to post images of tonight’s Moon. I hope I get a good one! Cell phone shots welcome. I’m thinking maybe video and still but my whim may change.
Shooting right out of an upstairs window that faces due east
and does not lose too much horizon with buildings. Upside, some trees just might provide some creative options. I do have a new 3 story apartment building in the way. drat. Well we’ll see what emerges a bit later.
Some high clouds too so wish me a little luck, and the same to any of you trying to get a shot of this rare celestial event.
For us on the west coast this is an evening or twilight eclipse. So the color tone of sky should be interesting, much lighter than usual for this kind of shot. For the rest of you in midwest or east coast you have dark sky.
Bill’s #1 tip for capturing that great lunar photo: “Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything,” he said. “I’ve certainly done it myself, but everyone will get that shot. Instead, think of how to make the image creative—that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place.”
Ingalls goes to great lengths to scout out the perfect vantage point to juxtapose the moon with various Washington monuments. “It means doing a lot of homework. I use Google Maps and other apps - even a compass — to plan where to get just the right angle at the right time.” He often scouts locations a day or more in advance, getting permission to access rooftops or traveling to remote areas to avoid light pollution.
A slight miscalculation can result in a mad scramble; he recalls seeing hundreds of photographers who set tripods hundreds of yards away for a supermoon shot from Washington’s Iwo Jima monument. “I thought my calculations were wrong, but - sure enough - the moon popped up right where I expected, and then came the stampede,” he chuckled.