The third supermoon of the year is upon us and this one is even going to be a minor lunar eclipse.
A supermoon occurs when the moon, while circling its orbit is closest to the Earth. Hence the giant sized moon. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. When the Moon appears at its biggest it will be just 356,400km (221,457 miles) away, compared to its usual distance from Earth of 384,000km (238,606 miles).
When photographing a supermoon the settings are the same as they are for bright daylight. ie f/16 with a shutter speed depending on the ISO to get surface detail of the moon. If these are not used the moon will simply appear as bright disc when you photograph it because you will be exposing for the darker areas around it.
So at an ISO setting of 200, the following combinations should give you correct exposures for the moon.
f 5.6 – 1/1600s, f 8 -1/800s, f11 – 1/400s, f 16 – 1/200s, f 22 – 1/100s”
For those of you interested in werewolves, unfortunately (or fortunately) scientists have dismissed the idea the perigee could cause strange behaviour – like lycanthropy – or natural disasters.
The Ranthambhore Forest Department will also be conducting it’s annual Tiger census tonight. We look forward to reports from there and will update you all soon.
Do tell us about your experience and we would love to see the photographs.
Written by: Hajra Ahmad
Photographs from various sources.