On March 19, the moon will be the closest it has been to the Earth in 18 years. It will also be at its fullest.
This phenomenon, dubbed a “SuperMoon” in the 1970s by astrologer Richard Nolle—describing a new or full moon phase at 90 percent or more of its closest orbit to Earth—has sent chills down the spines of countless Internet surfers across the globe, fears amplified by its uncanny timing on the heels of the recent 8.9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that has devastated parts of Japan and potentially killed more than 10,000 people in one town alone, according to estimates from one Japanese official cited in multiple media outlets.
Here is how to shoot your own Super Moon.
You need a camera with a lens with 200mm of zoom or more to have any chance of getting details. Most folks misconceive that a moon shot since it’s taken at night needs to be taken with night settings. Completely the opposite….the moon with the reflections of sunlight on it is well pretty near daylight brightness so settings need to be close to a bright day time shot in the sun. What happens to often is someone takes a shot and gets nothing more than a bright white dot in their photo so give my setting a try below and see if it helps you get the shot you want.
Settings I used tonight for this shot:
iso 200 – shutter 1/200 – Aperture f8 and a little over 600mm in zoom to get to it.