Super moon

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By J.Geil

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Every 18 years, our moon reaches its closest point in relation to earth. Some call it a “super moon”, which was scheduled to happen last night. Like many photographers, I was intrigued by this but I figured several variables would determine what type of photograph I could find. Recalling an evening a few years ago when I was driving eastbound on I-290 into Chicago and saw a vibrant moon rising just above the city’s skyline, I decided to put myself in a similar position.

I encountered four problems though. 1. I didn’t have a 300mm lens to use, which is probably the shortest focal length you would want to use for something like this. 2. I left my tripod at home. 3. It was mostly cloudy. 4. I forgot that my reference was probably from another time of year when the moon rises in a more northern part of the sky behind the skyline.

I waited from atop a parking garage I’ve used before for good vantage points looking from the west into the city. Finally, the moon briefly made an appearance as it ascended through thick clouds above the southern part of the city. Not the photograph I was hoping for, but a photograph nonetheless.

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Melissa from OakPark.com/Empowered Parent Blog  

Posted: March 21st, 2011 2:53 PM

These pictures are beautiful! I was looking for the super moon on Saturday night, but Oak Park wasn't the place to be.

JGeil from Oak Park  

Posted: March 21st, 2011 1:43 PM

Mark, no matter how proficient you become, you never stop learning with photography. That's the beauty of it. Keep on shootin'!

Karen Skinner from OP  

Posted: March 21st, 2011 1:39 PM

I can't believe you got these. They look almost fake!

Mark from Cromwell CT (Hartford)  

Posted: March 21st, 2011 1:33 PM

I am new to the SLR world. Just got one for Christmas. I joined a local camera club and trying to figure out how to make pictures. It was interesting to see you have the same type of problems I do. I guess my lesson is everybody needs to think about the basics first. Thanks for the candid comments. Mark

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