Photographing the Moon

The Moon is not an easy subject to photograph. As with most large but distant objects, unless you have a lens with a decently high focal length and zoom it can appear a bit disappointing in images. Additionally, it is usually the brightest object in the dark sky at night, and it requires some practice to get the exposure and aperture setting right so that the result isn’t just a bright white featureless circle on a black background.

Fortunately, I do have such a lens, and I have undertaken a few experiments with the settings on my trusty Canon  EOS 760D for night shooting. So I took the opportunity of the recent super-Moon to snap a quick study of lunar light. It’s not quite as sharp as I would have liked, but it’s not too bad, I think.

There is a story behind this picture. I wanted to try to capture a good quality, clear image of the Moon, because as a boy I had on my bedroom wall (amongst others) a poster of the Moon with all the major features, seas and craters labelled. I guess because it was very much in the news when I was a child, the Moon has always fascinated me, and I can remember lying in bed with the curtains open at night so that I could see the Moon. I was born a few months before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked there, and I have always been intrigued by the Apollo missions; I had a pack of information with diagrams, maps and technical information that I treasured for years.  This picture is so reminiscent of that poster and evocative of those memories and my early childhood dreams.