Capturing Moments with Modern Cameras: The Super Moon

The eclipse of the super moon last night was the perfect finish to a lovely weekend. I wandered outside during an advertising break after the Putin interview had concluded on 60 Minutes and observed the phenomenon with my binoculars. Now that's what I call a quality commercial.

I hadn't originally planned to take a photo. I was just going to enjoy the moment with my binoculars, then head back to the couch for the Donald Trump interview. But the moon was so pretty. I felt so good standing outside on a quiet, temperate evening watching this rare phenomenon. I changed my mind. I wanted a picture to commerate the night.

I went back inside and dug around in my camera bag. I had the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II with me. My longest fast lens with me was the Olympus 60mm f/2.8 prime. I was hoping that I had the 75mm with me, but no luck. It was back at the studio. I'd make this work.

I took the E-M10 with the 60mm back outside. The eclipse was just starting to recede. Perfect. I raised the ISO to 3200, lowered the EV to -0.3, leaned against the car to steady the camera, and recorded a few frames at 1/10 second at f/2.8. I then used the digital zoom to increase the magnification to 2X. So pretty!

I know I could have been more serious about the photo, getting out the tripod, making sure I had a longer lens, and finding a better location. But not that night. I just wanted a momento in my Dropbox that reminded me of this lovely evening. And thanks to the imaging technology in today's cameras, I could do that... even when the subject is an amber moon hanging in the night's sky down the end of my street.