On 7 April we had this year’s second supermoon, a so-called Pink Moon. It’s a real treat for photographers, and Ilja Kagan managed to get some stunning shots. He used his crop sensor camera, a second-hand telephoto lens and two teleconverters, ending up with a whopping a 3600mm equivalent focal length. We chatted with Ilja a bit about his process and he kindly shared the images and some details with us.
Shayne McGuire captured the Snow Moon in Antarctica this weekend. The name ‘Snow Moon’ has its origin from Native American tribes. Yesterday evening she experienced that everything lined perfectly up. In addition, the moon took on a beautiful red color tone as it hovered above the horizon.
Telescope manufacturer Celestron has produced a calendar you can download for free. It covers the most important celestial events in 2020. The calendar even comes with a Deep Sky Checklist.
A growing number of photographers are discovering the joys of night photography, thanks to Instagram and the much-improved camera sensors. To stand under a clear starry sky is utterly magical. I so vividly well remember the first time I captured the milky way. To see it in-camera made a massive impression on me. I was hooked.
Photographer Andrew McCarthy has already shared with us some epic images he created mainly from shots taken at his own backyard. There was this composite of the Solar System, and this magnificent photo of the moon stacked from 50,000 images. This time, Andrew has gone even further and revealed hidden colors of the moon by stacking as many as 150,000 images!
The resulting image is a detailed, colorful photo of the moon as you’ve never seen before. Each color presents the mineral content of our moon and Andrew shares how he took and processed the photos to achieve the final result.
It seems that some of us will have a very special January if we look up to the skies this month. We’re expecting to have two supermoons, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse is also coinciding with that second supermoon, so should be very cool. I say some of us, as the eclipse will only see totality from Eastern Asia and across the Pacific to the western USA & Canada.
NASA says that the two supermoons form part of a “trilogy”, the first of which happened last month. The next two are scheduled for January 1st (yup, tonight!) and January 31st. The second full moon at the end of the month, is called a “Blue moon”. This will be the second supermoon, that just happens to have a total lunar eclipse.
It’s amazing how many people never look up. The skies can be many things to a photographer – a backdrop, a light source, a diffuser. Sometimes just a nice source of teal for your orange foreground. When you decide to use the skies for your subject, especially the night skies, the very first thing you are going to notice is the moon.
There are some very beautiful objects in the night sky, and the thrill of using the camera to see what your eyes can’t see is enormously rewarding. The trouble is that the stars, planets and nebulae that fill the night sky are very dim and very, very far away.
If, like me, you want to get great looking photos of the night sky, but can’t afford the gear required to capture some of the deep sky objects, you’re left with night landscapes, and the moon. So here’s some tips for shooting the moon.[Read More…]
Every year, dozens of astronomical events take place, making perfect photo ops for astrophotographers. To help keep track of the events going on this year, we have for you an infographic that highlights 12 of the events that have already happened, and will happen, throughout 2016.[Read More…]
New Zealand based astrophotographer Mark Gee (previously, and here) has quite a creative take on the Super Moon we had last week. I mean, we all shot the Super Moon (didn’t we) but Mark documented the shooting of the Super Moon with a few of his photographer friends, taking the whole thing to a new level of Meta.
In order not to miss the actual super moon itself, Mark made the movie one day prior to the Super Moon day, but that had very little impact on how the moon looks like in the movie.
The movie shows a gorgeous shot of the moon rising with several photographers gathering up to photograph the events. It starts with the photographers arriving at the scene, unloading their gear, doing their thing and finally tearing up. This entire 2 minutes scene is happening in front of the most gorgeous moon you’ve ever laid eyes on.
If you’re like me, your social media and news feeds were chock full of some great (and some not so great) shots of last night’s supermoon/total solar eclipse. Sadly for me, we had some pretty terrible weather and clouds that made my eclipse gazing plans non-existent–and I really had my heart set on trying to catch the International Space Station make a pass across the exciting lunar event.
Fortunately, I wasn’t the only one who wanted to have a look. Renowned astrophotographer, Theirry Legault, wasn’t going to miss the rare occurrence for anything. Legault was able to not just see the ISS transit, he also grabbed some video and stills of the eclipse and it’s drive-by visitor.