Threads: Amazing Moon Photography

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Photographing the moon can be challenging. Before digital photography, photographers used tricks like double exposures to get the perfect moon into their composition. Still others with the right timing and equipment have captured some out of this world images of the moon and surrounding landscapes.


Landscape photographer Don Smith who is featured in this gallery has some excellent tips for photographing the moon.

- The best time to shoot a full moonrise is the day prior to the actual full moon because the rise time is often close to sunset.

- Shooting the moon close to sunset/sunrise is preferred because the light values in the scene (from the bright moon to the foreground elements) are all within 6 stops of light (the amount of light some dSLR cameras are able to capture).

- The size of the moon always looks big on the horizon as there are scale and depth clues available from the surrounding terrain, thus creating an illusion of size. This has been proven in research and is termed the Ponzo Illusion.

- Using a telephoto lens with a longer focal length (300mm or longer for example) will make the moon appear larger in the scene.

These moon images offer some inspiration for creative moon photography.