Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Pic(k) of the week 47: SUPERMOON RISE OVER DUBAI

Yesterday was "Supermoon" night; a relative new word for a moon which is brighter and larger than normal. Last nights full Supermoon was 14% larger and 30% brighter than a "standard" full moon; something that hadn't occurred to the same scale since 1948 and for which we will have to wait till 2034 to see an even larger one. 

This coincidence happens when the moon which is on an elliptical pattern around the Earth, is the closest just at the full moon moment, resulting in an apparent larger moon disk. Even though 14% extra is a lot for a supermoon, I saw a lot of people being disappointed in how "small" it looked.

Anyway, plenty of reason to go out there to try and photograph the moment! As a lot of other photographers were using super telephoto lenses in order to show how large the moon was, I elected to try and document the first glimpse of the moonrise itself from within the city. Something that is not easy to achieve with all the high rise buildings around. 

Luckily we have IOS applications like PhotoPills, which will predict where exactly the moon is about the rise. 

Although I wasn't 100% sure if the moon would fit between the two tall buildings, it turned out to be a success. 

Image details:
  • Fujifilm X-T2 with the XF50-140 f2.8 lens
  • ISO 800, f5, 1/10s, 90mm (135mm full frame equivalent)
  • Lightroom CC for RAW development
  • Nik ColorEfex pro4 for optimal detail and contrast
As I'm pretty happy with the overall quality of the image, I uploaded a copy into my Architectural portfolio, here

Remember: "Always aim for the moon, if you miss you might hit a star" - W. Clement Stone

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