While the moon may be less than full for the rest of the week, photographs of it along the Front Range in the nights after Monday’s supermoon could be better.
When the moon is not completely full, a good camera lens will start to pick up the shadows of craters on the surface of the moon.
So how does one go about getting that perfect shot of the moon?
Here are some tips from Christian Metzler, who has been a photographer for 17 years.
- Plan ahead. Arrive at the place where you want to take pictures with plenty of time to make adjustments if needed. Consider lighting.
- Don’t shoot the moon by itself. Try to incorporate buildings, trees, mountains or anything else to provide a point of reference.
- Try to time the shoot as the moon is right on the horizon, when it is either rising or setting when it is at its biggest.
- Use a tripod for a steady shot.
- Set the camera on manual focus.
- The longer the lens the better.
- Remember the sun is reflecting off the moon. Spot meter the light coming off the moon to avoid turning the moon into a white blurry blob in the sky.
- Check the weather forecast.
- Don’t be shy about asking other photographers out with you for advice.