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Shoot for the moon

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars" - Norman Vincent Peale

A ‘supermoon’ is when a full or new moon is at its closest point to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size as seen from Earth.

With not much happening tonight, Sunday 13th November, Roxy (my better half) suggested we take a short trip to Salcey Forest to see the ‘supermoon’. A great idea and a chance to try out a lens I haven’t spent much time using, my Optomax 200mm.

The Optomax features 6 aperture blades, giving the bokeh a hexagon effect, a built in sliding lens hood and an all metal construction. The aperture can be stopped down all the way to f/22. Best results are between f/5.6 and f/11 giving a very sharp focus.

When shooting the moon it is easy to think that a long exposure is needed to capture the details on the moons surface. In truth you don’t need a long exposure at all as the moon is significantly brighter than you would first think.

The photo below is a 1:1 crop and was shot using the Optomax 200m with a shutter speed of 1/200, ISO 200 and an aperture of f/11.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening spent at Salcey Forest with a cup of hot chocolate and some biscuits, now if only I could get hold of a longer lens for the next ‘supermoon’…