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01/10/2009 10:03:52 AM · #1
Who all is going out tonight to photograph the biggest full moon of 2009?
01/10/2009 10:08:17 AM · #2
Not me. Not with the weather up here in the Northeast!

//www.weather.com/weather/local/19083?lswe=19083&lwsa=WeatherLocalUndeclared&from=searchbox_localwx

Not much chance of seeing anything but clouds, bummer.

Are you going to try to get a shot if the moon as it rises? I love the color it has when it first appears above the horizon.

Message edited by author 2009-01-10 10:09:58.
01/10/2009 11:31:36 AM · #3
I may give it a try if the weather cooperates. I saw it last night and again this morning and it was amazingly large and clear. Perhaps I should have shot it last night, but it was so cold outside.

Here is a previous effort, it will be interesting to see what I can achieve tonight with the Nikon D3.

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01/10/2009 11:33:45 AM · #4
I want to, but I have a school concert to go to at about the same time.

You can get your local Sun and Mood data for one day from the US Naval Observatory website.
01/10/2009 11:41:23 AM · #5
Originally posted by GeneralE:

I want to, but I have a school concert to go to at about the same time.

You can get your local Sun and Mood data for one day from the US Naval Observatory website.


So, MULTITASK: Take the camera with you to the concert locale, and slip outside for a few minutes at the appropriate time!

R.
01/10/2009 12:17:02 PM · #6
I need some of that "Mood" data, thanks!
Here's a shot from yesterday afternoon. It's not the best of the moon, but I liked the cactus and weeds so I tried to see if I could include the moon. The f27 made it all a bit soft looking.
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01/10/2009 12:18:33 PM · #7
Try to get one bigger than this:

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01/10/2009 12:49:52 PM · #8
I am so tempted to go out in the sub zero temps to shoot it - but I have been running a fever of 102-103 degrees for the past three days. I saw the doctor yesterday - she diagnosed me with an upper respiratory infection that could easily develop into another pneumonia for me. She gave me some antibiotics and ordered me home to bed. :(
01/10/2009 01:11:33 PM · #9
Linda, you've got a 102 temp and are thinking of going out into below zero temps? Go to bed right now young lady!
01/10/2009 01:56:12 PM · #10
perhaps this help :)

//www.drowlord.com/art/favoriteArtists/ansel_adams/full_size/32_moonrise.jpg

Message edited by L2 - Changed large image to a link :).
01/10/2009 02:02:18 PM · #11
I'd love to, but it's been overcast and snowing a lot here in the midwest =(
01/10/2009 02:19:29 PM · #12
crap i missed it!
my window in my students appartment is on the 8th floor and straight eastwards so i have a breathtaking window for when the moon (and sun) is rising. today was cloudless sky but i missed taking the shot of the moon rising up over the horizon. today would have been the perfect time because the ambient light was perfect and well balanced for capturing the moon. ah well i'll try what i can do tomorrow...
01/10/2009 02:46:36 PM · #13
I just came back in. Doggy needed to go out, so I got the camera and went out. Except from being full it wasn't very big. Remember one time when I thought it was going to crash into our earth though... Why is that? Why does it appear larger sometimes?
01/10/2009 03:04:27 PM · #14
Originally posted by BJamy:

Remember one time when I thought it was going to crash into our earth though... Why is that? Why does it appear larger sometimes?


Many people believe that it is an illusion created by the angle of viewing through the atmosphere. However, it is actually a depth-perception phenomenon that causes your brain to interpret objects closer to the horizon as being larger than they appear otherwise. This has been observed with terrestrial objects (such as the Empire State Building) that, when viewed far away, appear enormous, but when viewed closer, are more in proportion. There are many experiments to show how this works, though no one is really 100% sure as to why this happens.

Here, I found a site that explains it pretty well if you're interested...

//sssf.byethost31.com/cosmology/286596.html

Message edited by author 2009-01-10 15:07:20.
01/10/2009 03:26:49 PM · #15
Originally posted by Adamsw216:

Many people believe that it is an illusion created by the angle of viewing through the atmosphere. However, it is actually a depth-perception phenomenon that causes your brain to interpret objects closer to the horizon as being larger than they appear otherwise....


That explains the illusion that it's bigger near the horizon but it also appears bigger or smaller at different times of year because the orbit of the moon isn't a perfect circle. It is actually closer or further away at different times of the year.

Link

Message edited by author 2009-01-10 18:43:22.
01/10/2009 07:48:03 PM · #16
Very informative link Del. Especially if you look at other articles available at the end of the story about the Moon and it's distance from Earth.
01/10/2009 09:53:26 PM · #17
Originally posted by fldave:

Linda, you've got a 102 temp and are thinking of going out into below zero temps? Go to bed right now young lady!


Well it won't be an issue now. We finally got some clouds after two weeks of clear skies and super freezing temps. The clouds are supposed to stay with us, and with them comes the hope of warming up. Maybe there is a chance I can get water back soon - has been a week now of frozen lines and a frozen well head.

Message edited by author 2009-01-10 21:54:10.
01/10/2009 10:16:34 PM · #18
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The view from here tonight.

01/10/2009 10:23:45 PM · #19
Light overcast clouds here, just enough to haze out the moon and make a clear shot impossible :-(
01/10/2009 10:26:22 PM · #20
I just went out to see if the moon was visible. It is not, it is cloudy with light wet snow this evening. So, the camera gear stays in its box.
01/10/2009 10:26:31 PM · #21
Originally posted by Truegsht:

Who all is going out tonight to photograph the biggest full moon of 2009?


Full moon = No shadow = No drama = No Texture. :)
01/10/2009 10:31:38 PM · #22
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Originally posted by Truegsht:

Who all is going out tonight to photograph the biggest full moon of 2009?


Full moon = No shadow = No drama = No Texture. :)

That's why the best photos of this type usually include some sort of foreground objects for context.

I took a bunch (moonrise was after the concert ended), but I haven't looked at or processed them yet. I seemed to get decent exposures of the Moon or the foreground, but not both at once -- this may require some compositing ...
01/10/2009 10:31:59 PM · #23
Originally posted by HawkeyeLonewolf:

Originally posted by Truegsht:

Who all is going out tonight to photograph the biggest full moon of 2009?


Full moon = No shadow = No drama = No Texture. :)


It works ok for landscapes when it is full.
01/10/2009 10:51:03 PM · #24
got out there a little late and it was cold, so I rushed it

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01/10/2009 11:19:01 PM · #25
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Snapped a quick few but no landscape shots, it's too damn cold out there tonight. I do prefer crescent moons since they show more detail but you can still see some pretty cool features in a full moon.
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