Dear <<Salutation>> <<First Name>>,

Today, May 26, 2021, will have the biggest Super Moon of this year. Here are some tips on how to make the best shots of it.

If you read my last mail, you already know I won’t shoot the moon, but you may always find a wonderful shot that I do not.

Here are the tips:

  • Shoot the moon near the horizon just after the moonrise. Click here to find the time of moonrise where you are.

  • Try to have something other than the moon as well in your shot. A building, or a tree, or a jumping cow in the foreground will be great. Your moon will appear bigger! That’s just a trick that the brain plays on us.

  • Put in a bigger lens, at least 200 mm

  • Dial aperture at f11, ISO at 100 and shutter speed too at 100.

  • Shoot.

  • Your moon should look big and unromantic like the buildings in CBDs

  • Now, try opening up the aperture to say f9.5

  • Shoot again. This should come a bit brighter without losing the details in the moon

  • Play with the aperture till you get what looks good to you

If you do shoot the moon today, send me the pic. Always a pleasure looking at wonderful shots that I did not make.

Ask me a question if you want to

Below is an excerpt from an interesting article on Super Moons from The Economist

Supermoons are not particularly unusual—the next full Moon is the biggest of either two, three or four consecutive supermoons, depending on who you ask. The term “supermoon” was first used in 1979 by Richard Nolle, a peddler of astrology, to describe a Moon that is full—when it is directly opposite the Sun, as seen from Earth, and its near side is thus fully illuminated—at the same time that it reaches the closest point to Earth in its orbit. (Its technical name is a perigee-syzygy Moon—perigee referring to its closest point, and syzygy being the term for three or more astronomical bodies arranging themselves in a straight line.) Throughout its elliptical orbit, the Moon’s distance from Earth varies between about 360,000km (223,694 miles) and 400,000km. At perigee the Moon’s centre is on average around 363,300km from Earth. Not everyone agrees on exactly how close to Earth the Moon has to be in order to qualify as a supermoon. Some publications described March’s full Moon as one, but at 360,309km from Earth, it was not close enough for others. According to NASA, the strictest definitions for this year class only the full Moons in April (357,378km away from Earth) and May (closer by about 157km) as supermoons.



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