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on May 7, 2012 in Landscape Photography

Super Moon & Photographers

Photographers love the moon! More then histograms or new lenses, photographers see a moon and it has to be incorporated in the photograph. No matter if it’s a micro dot, no matter if you can’t see the “man on the moon.” If there’s a moon in the sky, it’s in the photograph. This weekends “Super Moon” had photographers around the globe pointing there lenses up shooting the bigger, brighter moon. Our group from Photoshop of Shooter this weekend had photographing the moon as an assignment. How could any photographer pass it up? I’ve seen lots and lots of Super Moon photos on the web and in class and most them miss the point. What’s the subject? If the subject is the moon then can it be alone in the sky with total darkness surrounding? If the Super Moon is the subject, then can it be in the dark sky by itself or does it have to have something in the frame with it for reference?

This photo is kinda a spoof on the whole idea while trying to visually answer all of these questions. If the photo itself is of the moon, you don’t need a Super Moon to go out and photograph the moon. And if the moon is the subject, don’t you need to see the man on the moon otherwise it’s just the sun? And I would think if you’re trying to say visually it’s a Super Moon, there has to be a visual reference to show size. And if you do that, isn’t the exposure range such that, you’re either going to have exposure for the moon or the landscape but not both in one click? I pose all of these questions to simply get photographers to think about what is the subject, what is the story, and how do you communicate that in your photograph whether it’s a Super Moon or a rock in the front yard? The photo here is a double exposure of B-25s on Grimes Field prior to sunrise and the Super Moon. Double exposure which is possible in like the D3 and D4 is the way I would solve all the problems I just mentioned. I would shoot the moon 400mm exposing for it and then switch lenses and shoot the landscape exposing for it. It’s a real old film trick which hasn’t translated to digital much. Anytime you see a moon you like, give it a try. You might just create your own Super Moon!