Canon 7D Tips – Perigee Moon on March 19, 2011

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Did you hear about the Super Moon on March 19th? The perigee-syzygy was the result of a Full Moon coinciding with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth.  As a result, the moon appeared 30% larger and brighter than normal.  This event is fairly rare.  The last time was almost 20-years ago.

To photograph the perigee moon, I drove to the Fire Island on Long Island to avoid as much light contamination as possible.  But, I forgot how cold the beach can be this time of the year.  It was also very windy.  I took about 30 shots at various shutter/exposure/ISO combinations.  With the Canon 7D and the Canon 100-400mm L (@ 400mm), I was able to capture some great detail in the moon.  (I even drew a bit of a crowd as other people who were on the beach stopped by to get a better look at the moon through my lens.)

By using Topaz Detail and Topaz Adjust, I was able to enhance the above photo to highlight the rich texture on the moon’s surface.  For more on Topaz Detail and Topaz Adjust, please continue to my next article

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2 Replies to “Canon 7D Tips – Perigee Moon on March 19, 2011”

  1. Great shot. I also got a couple of shots, using a EF 70-300 IS on my 7D. These were taken from Manly, Sydney, Australia, where it wasn’t too windy. Used manual focus (live view, zoomed in), and then sharpened as follows: Lightroom Preset -> Photoshop Hi Pass Filter -> Lightroom Export to Flickr sharpening.


  2. Great shots yourself! I missed the orange color! I had an obstructed view and started driving to get a clear shot. An hour later, I had a great location but the orange color was lost. Hope the next one will be sooner that 20-years 😉

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