The fireworks photos I took at our National Day Parade (9th August) did not turn out as nice as I had hoped for so after everyone has packed, I continued to do some shooting and this time, my attention was on the moon.

The skies were clear with little or no cloud that night and Jimmy had his 500mm lens with him, so I borrowed it. I took 9 shots of the moon out of which one was completely black because I did not know the settings and one was blurry. The rest turned out well but I chose the last photo which to me was the best out of the lot.

I did not have to do much to the photo, just cropping 75% away, lol… Added some clarity and increased the exposure, removed the vibrance and saturation. This outcome was breathless to me. I decided I would stay up for the actual supermoon day after I read that

The full moon on 10th August 2014 at 18:09 UTC or 2:09am Singapore time will present the closest supermoon of the year (356,896 kilometres or 221,765 miles).

Paul organised an outing for interested hobbyists to participate but most of them backed out last minute seeing that the clouds were thick. Only Wacky, Paul and I went ahead. We camped out The Promontory around 11.30pm on 10th August 2014 and waited patiently for the sky to clear. The moon moved very fast and went into hiding.

Paul said that’s good as the clouds were moving fast, too. That meant that there was a chance the moon might take a peek at us. The moon did not appear when at its “biggest” (about 10%) at 2:09am but we persevered.

While waiting, we took pictures of the surrounding to be our base photo and then suddenly at 2:54:24am, the moon pushed her way out of the thick clouds and showed her pretty face!

Click click click… A few thousand clicks later, the moon disappeared behind the clouds again. My neck ached from looking up so intensely that when Paul called it a day night, I was double quick to pack up and go.

One day b4 Supermoon

This shot was taken on 9th August 2014 at 500mm focal length with Jimmy’s lens at ISO 200, 1/160sec at f22.


Yama was supposed to lend me his 500mm lens but he bailed out as the clouds were thick.
This picture is a blend of two photos which I took the liberty to upsize the moon, lol…
The base was taken on a full frame EOS 6D with Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens and the moon was shot on a crop sensor body EOS 550D with Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II Lens at ISO 400, 1/100 sec at f9.

Did you see the Supermoon this morning over at your side of the world?

Happy discovering 🙂

P.S. No food today as I only had coffee and slept through Sunday (still sick). Hopefully, I’ll get better this week 😀

11 Responses to “Supermoon!”
  1. daniellajoe says:

    The moon looks normal size to me..

    • Sam Han says:

      You’re right Pat, the moon is not really that big to the human eye even though it is about 10% larger and supposedly the brightest this year 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    Great shots, and just reward for staying up late.
    I was sound asleep. 🙂 What focal length lens do you use? It must be heavy.

    • Sam Han says:

      Aha! I think I wrote the length in the photos, lol…

      500mm focal length for the 9th August (my friend’s lens) and 200mm for the actual supermoon day.

      The moon was quite ordinary actually and I think I have seen normal day’s moon perhaps bigger and brighter in my neighbourhood but it is THE DAY that made it significant, hehehe 😀

      Thanks for visiting Draco and your kind words. Made my day 😀

  3. More outstanding photos with no food in sight..
    Love hugs and many more full moons on the horizon … ME and the Boss

  4. renxkyoko says:

    I did ! It was awesome, but at same time, scary.

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