Last month I showed you how I tracked and photographed the Super Moon. I was not very happy with the attempt. One of the reasons why I wanted to take the Night Photography eClass. This week’s assignment was to photograph the Moon as it rose the night before the full moon. The weather which caused havoc all across the United States last weekend put those plans on hold. Using what I learned, I did take this photo last Friday night of the gibbous moon which was around 90% Full.
This time I used the Nikon D700 digital SLR camera coupled with the Nikon 80-400mm VR Zoom lens to photograph the moon. Though I lost 200mm in reach not using a cropped camera, the resolving power of the larger 12MP sensor in the D700 made up for it. The fact that I was not guessing at the exposure this time helped the most.
This photo is much better and shows the moon’s surface features as it floated above me. I hope to get the moon rise or set later this year.