Final Super Moon of 2019

During last week’s final Super Moon of the year, I was at the Lake of the Ozarks to photograph this event. My previous attempt at this location was unsuccessful, due to heavy clouds. This final attempt was also not looking real good, early in the day. But after some brief showers, the clouds began breaking up about an hour before moonrise!

Setting my tripod up on a floating deck, I positioned the camera towards where the moon should be rising. Fortunately, both the sky conditions and my “best guess” at the location were both good … here are a few images of the Super Moon I captured:

April 2019 Super Moon

April 2019 Super Moon

April 2019 Super Moon

Some of the above images are a bit “soft”.  Shooting with a super telephoto lens, at slow shutter speeds, and set up on a floating dock, created some challenges! Next time, I’ll have to experiment with my techniques.

And when the moon had cleared the background hill and trees, a beautiful Super Moon was sitting there in front of me:

April 2019 Super Moon

Being the last Super Moon of 2019, it will be a while before another opportunity comes up like this.  But I’ll be ready.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 500mm, f/4 IS lens, with IS “Off” (and a 1.4x TC used on the bottom photo)
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Wemberley gimbal head
  • ISO 400 and ISO 250 (bottom photo)
  • Aperture f/8 and f/32 (bottom photo)
  • Shutter 1/10 sec. to 1/e sec.




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