Having heard and read so much about the “Supermoon” in June 2013, I took my NIKON Coolpix P90 with me to a celebration dinner yesterday night, in Hout Bay harbour – perhaps I could capture the “Supermoon over Hout Bay” ? So far, this so-called ‘super moon’ had been hiding behind clouds and/or heavy rains – but I hoped to possibly catch it from a totally different angle, which of cause I did not know!
What an incredible surprise, when I suddenly saw the big white halo rising above the mountain across the bay – right from the dinner table! I had not expected it there at all! So here you see the first shot, from behind the window. As I can still not see properly, I had set ISO 100 beforehand and now ended up with an F/4, and 8 seconds… handheld camera! I had my tripod in the car, but could not really leave the table… but I show it as it reflects the atmosphere… sort of with some delicious wine over a fresh seafood platter!
I could watch its rise all the time, but it was not spectacular nor unusual – that we had seen and photographed in the past. It was beautiful and very fuzzy due to the high humidity in the air.
Supermoon over Hout Bay
Later, before leaving, I had some time for digital photography and this year’s “Supermoon over Hout Bay”! Meanwhile, the moon was much higher and the halo had diminished considerably. Spot-metering on the moon, here is the result! It did need some work with contrast and levels, but it shows the craters quite nicely. In fact, I was pretty surprised – all handheld! iso 100, F/6.3 and 1/86 sec, spot, no flash.
Below you have the composite picture: the long shot across Hout Bay towards the mountain range with the ‘super moon’ rising above it.
Here I used ISO400, f/2.8 and 1/2 sec, pattern metering, no flash.
I had hoped to possibly catch a better angle as we drove home to Noordhoek, namely at the Chapman’s Peak outlook. But it wasn’t anything I had imagined, so I left it, being happy that I ‘shot from the hip’ immediately when the opportunity presented itself.
Happy moon-shooting to you all! Rains are forecast here, so I doubt I get another chance… at least not before August 2014! But then – hopefully – with my Fuji X E-1 and the right lens!