This year’s Cinco de Mayo came with a bonus! In the days leading up to it there was quite a buzz of excitement in the air, especially among photographers. On the evening of May 5th, while many were out washing down tacos with ice cold Mexican beer, others stood in awe of the brightest full moon of 2012. Why was the moon so big and bright you ask? Astronomers call it a perigee full moon. “Perigee” is the point in the orbit of the moon (or a satellite) at which it is nearest to the earth.
In this post, I’d like to share with you a collection of moonshots captured by a few friends who were at various locations within the U.S..
The first shot is from Dianne Dino located in San Diego, CA. Dianne used a Nikon D40, and I am not sure what lens. But I am sure she’s got a good eye!
This second shot is one captured by Rusty Albertson located in Sedona, AZ. Personally, I don’t actually know Rusty, but we have a friend in common. When I saw this photograph show up on Facebook I sent Rusty a message complimenting him on such a great shot, and asking permission to display it here. I forgot to ask him what camera and lens he had used!
The third shot was taken in Santee, CA. by my good friend Jess Van Wickel. Just a couple weeks ago Jesse, his wife Linda, along with myself and my better two thirds visited the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Jesse and I were like kids in a massive playground that day, shooting off hundreds of photos each. For this shot Jesse used a Nikon D200 with a Nikon ED AF Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8 D lens.
Shot number four I stole from my friend Rob Lyon’s Facebook account. Rob captured this image from his digs in Boise, Idaho. The moon appears so bright in this photo, it can almost pass for the sun (i hope Rob had some moon block on). Rob reports that he used a Canon XTi, a Canon 75-300mm 1:4-5.6 lens, and a margarita (Cinco de Mayo multitasker).
Shot number cinco captured by my good friend in Taos, New Mexico, Jim O’Donnell. Jim is one of those people who’s so talented you just want to push em’ off the edge of a cliff (and he’s an outdoors-man — bad combo)! He’s a wonderful writer and photographer– for more of his work, visit him at aroundtheworldineightyyears.com. For this photo Jim used a Nikon D3000 on a tripod with a 300mm Nikkor lens.
A week or so ago I had posted a write up on my good friend Brian Schmidt. On May 6, early in the morning, Brian and Deb were up super early, headed to the outdoors for some bird photography, and in time to catch the supermoon. Brian used a Nikon D300s 200-400mm on this.
Of course, I too got outside that night, with my camera and tripod! We live so close to the ocean, and soon after the moon had risen the overcast came rushing in from the West covering it up completely. I did manage to get off a few shots though. I took this photograph using a Nikon D7000, using a Nikon 18-200MM F3.50-5.6G DX VR II Lens.
Dianne may think she’s getting special treatment because of the photographers featured, three of her’s are featured, as opposed to our one each. But the truth is, these are great shots– so, we’re the ones getting special treatment!