Make spectacular images with Super Moon

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Super Moon is a rare astronomical phenomenon, which occurs three times in 2016. Usually, this phenomenon occurs once or twice a year, when the full moon reaches its orbit at the shortest distance from Earth.

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This astronomical phenomenon was captured in a series of unique photographs taken by photographers from around the world.

Yann Salmon Legagneur, Director of Product Marketing, Digital Imaging at Sony Europe, said: "We do not meet very often with the opportunity to obtain such images, and in these moments that pass quickly enough it can be incredibly difficult to get the better photography, not only because of factors such as location and weather, but also because of the specifications provided in the kit. However, as you will also see in this amazing series of photos, the incredible resolution of Sony's G Master lens, in combination with the focus capabilities will give photographers the best chance at capturing an impressive frame. "

The Super Moon from 14 November was one of three such phenomena in 2016. The next Super Moon this year will be held on 14 December.

In order to be able to photograph this astronomical phenomenon as much as possible, I recommend that you take into account the advice of photographer Alin Popescu.

"We all love the moon. It attracts me like a magnet, especially on full moon nights. And when the Moon is even closer to Earth, the show is even more beautiful. The moon is approaching the most when it is in peril, the phenomenon being known as the Super Moon.

If you want to photograph this show, here are some tips to get the best experience:

  • Plan your photo shoot well in advance. You must know when the moon will rise in the area where you are and where it will be in the sky, as in the case of the rising sun from the east, but this depends on the season. For example, we can point to the east-northeast or southwest direction. Ideally, you should look for an application (there are many free applications) or a website that can help you with information in this regard. I prefer this one because it is easy to use - https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/romania/bucharest
  • You know where the Moon will be and you have decided on the rural or urban landscape, so it's time to prepare your equipment. The larger the focal length, the larger the moon will appear in the frame. Try to shoot at least 200 mm to get a beautiful image. If you have a teleconverter, install it! Remember to charge the batteries and use a tripod to get clear pictures.
  • The moon is very bright, so it is advisable to use spot measurement and exposure for the month. If you are out of town, the landscape may be too dark, so it is best to take a series of photographs with various exposures and then combine the best exposures for each area of ​​the frame. If you are in the city, the most appropriate time is when the moon rises and is very close to the blue hour (the next hour after sunset) and when the city lights contrast with the blue of the sky. Add to this the red color of the Super Moon and you will get the "winning" picture.
  • For a special effect, stand near a water eye (lake, river, etc.) in the city to photograph the reflection of the moon in water.
  • If you are out of town, the best location is in the mountains. The higher the altitude, the clearer the sky, implicitly the photograph obtained. Choose a distant hill / mountain in the direction of the moonrise to get beautiful silhouettes: trees, stones, maybe a cottage. The monthly exposure in this frame will mean that the soil will be very dark, so it is better to position yourself so that the distant objects overlap with the sky, to achieve very good silhouette effects.

These are my tips. Enjoy shooting and don't forget to have fun. "

Six interesting aspects about the Super Moon:

  • The Super Moon occurs when the full moon is closest to Earth on its elliptical orbit and can appear with 7% larger and 30% brighter than an ordinary full moon.
  • Astrologer Richard Nolle was the first to call this phenomenon Super Moon, in 1979, and at present it is a widely used term defined as "a new or full moon that occurs when the Moon reaches its orbit at the shortest distance from Earth. . "
  • In order to be considered a Super Moon, the Moon must be at 363.711 km away from Earth, which normally happens once in 14 months. In 2017, we will have no Super Moon.
  • Due to the proximity of the Earth, the surface of the Moon appears much larger when a Super Moon is produced, a suitable time for taking some special pictures.
  • A Super Winter Moon seems much bigger, because the Earth is closest to the Sun in December of each year, which means that due to the gravitational force the Moon is drawn closer to the planet, making it appear more bigger and brighter than during the phenomena that occur during the rest of the year.
  • The Super Moon will be smaller in the future due to the fact that the Moon moves away from Earth by 3,8 cm every year.

Sony cameras in the α7 II and α7R II ranges and the G Master lenses allow you to capture spectacular images with the most important phenomena.

The stunning details were captured with the help of the G Master telephoto lens and Sony's α7 series cameras, by combining high resolution with creative focus effects. Sony sensors are ideally calibrated to get sharp photos in low light conditions.

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