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Super Moons 2013


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cwils02 Gold Member Nikonian since 19th Apr 2012
Thu 27-Jun-13 05:31 AM

These photos were all shot in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA area. All shots were recorded on Eastern Daylight Time.

Friday evening: I had just received my MAGICA order from photo pro shop. I scrambled to get everything together. With Markins Q20i & their BV-20 Gimbal (sort of). I was sure that something was wrong with the combo. I sure felt like a dummy by the time I got it figured out. I didn't get the hub replaced that evening. I went out onto my deck, but the moon was behind my trees. So I had to make two trips out into my dark yard to setup my camera & tripod.

Understand that I didn't do anything right. I couldn't see my camera. I was struggling to set the release dial to remote. Unlike the D7000, the D7100 doesn't have one there. So, I was stuck setting the shutter speed high enough to outdo the vibration form the mirror slap & my clumsy shutter technique. This 1st photo was taken about 25 hours before the Super Moon (See the darker/grittier edge on the left):

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The 2nd Photo was taken the next evening or actually early morning of Sunday, just about the time of the real Super Moon. I shot this photo using the remote with the Mirror Up. Unfortunately, some light cloud cover decided to pose in front of the moon:

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The 3rd & 4th photo were taken on Sunday evening at moonrise. There were heavy clouds at the time. Several of Chattanooga Photographic Society had gathered at the 7th floor clubhouse of a condominium overlooking the Tennessee River and downtown Chattanooga. I was afraid that there might be conflicts if several used remotes, so I shot with mirror up and a 3 second exposure delay. Sorry, I'm not knowledgeable about frames "yet" for image 3. What NOISE???

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We were run out of the clubroom & balcony at 10pm. So when I got home, I searched for another place to take a photo. I found a place in my driveway that I could shoot through a hole in my neighbor's trees. This 5th image shows a moon a little after the Super Moon. Note the darker edge on the right.

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I used a D7100 with 300/f4 7 TC14E II, no filters, various ISO, and apertures.


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