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   Looking forward, Wuhan is unblocked, and the biggest “Super Moon” this year is coming! The month is the hometown Ming. The Super Moon from April 7th to April 8th burst the Internet, from the media to everyone’s circle of friends. All set off the upsurge of viewing and shooting the moon.

   Seeing so many people taking pictures of the moon, do you also want to take a picture that makes people’s heart bewitching? Today I will share some professional shooting skills of the moon. Let you stand out quickly and capture the artistic conception of “solitary moon in the sky”.

The super moon on the evening of April 7, 2020The Super Moon on the evening of April 7, 2020

  01 If you want to do well, you must first sharpen your tools

   is explaining the shooting equipment Before, let’s look at a schematic diagram. This is the difference in the size of the moon captured by lenses with different focal lengths in a full-frame camera.

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Here we can see that the moon shot with wide-angle and medium-focus lenses is very small. The picture below is a combination of super moon + blue moon + total lunar eclipse taken on March 9, 2018. When shooting with 18mm focal length, the moon can only see a small round surface. It is difficult to have a “super moon” like a “big “a feeling of.

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   Moonrise track under the 18mm angle of view

   Therefore, to take a good super moon, most of them use a telephoto lens and a teleconverter. From 100mm to 800mm are good focal lengths for shooting the moon. I personally use Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens more often. From 100mm-400mm, the focal range covers a wide range, which can make the composition more diverse when shooting the moon, and it is very portable, the lens is only 1570g, not as heavy as other telephoto fixed aperture lenses and telescopes, and its resolution and sharpness are also the same Excellent.

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When choosing a body, we need to take into account high sensitivity, pixels and image quality, because when we shoot the moon, ISO usually uses a high sensitivity of 800-3200. High pixels are also important. Higher pixels mean that cropping is convenient and can be appropriately recomposed. In the choice of equipment, Canon EOS5DMarkIV and EOS 6D Mark II are both good choices. They have good high-feeling performance, balanced performance, and strong stability. They are more reliable when shooting many “incapable” astronomical phenomena.

  02 How to shoot the moon

   The best time to shoot the moon is the short period of Minutes are fleeting. Therefore, before shooting, we need to be optimistic about the exact time when the moon rises and the moon sets, and arrive at the shooting position in advance.

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There are many softwares that can help you determine when the local moon rises and sets. For example, [Photo Assistant] This WeChat applet is very convenient to use. Take the supermoon on April 8 as an example. The time when the moon rises in Chongqing is 19:35. After clarifying the shooting time, what we have to do is to determine the shooting position. The easiest way to shoot is to find a high ground overlooking the city. This highland is either open to the east, suitable for shooting moonrises. Or it is wide open to the west, suitable for shooting the moonset.

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   Super Moon over Beijing

   The picture above is the Super Moon taken from Beijing on March 22, 2019 in Dingdu Pavilion, west of Beijing The scene rising above. In the picture, China Zun, CCTV and Shijingshan Amusement Park are clearly visible. Take such photos, the more transparent the weather, the better.

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  The full moon rises from the Gaotian dwellings in Kashgar, Xinjiang

  If your city does not have such a highland, you can also choose some unique landscapes with the moon . For example, the picture above is a photo of the full moon rising over the high terraces of Kashgar, Xinjiang, showing the unique charm of the local earth-colored houses, as if telling the story of Kashgar for thousands of years.

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  Full Moon on Jiayuguan Pass

   The picture above shows the beauty of “Qin Shiming Moon and Han Shiguan” at Jiayuguan, Gansu on May 19, 2019. You can also see the beautiful colors of the Venus Belt and the shadow of the earth in the sky. Of course, it is not easy to take such a photo. It requires us to be in the right place at the right time, and to make an adequate shooting plan to “scientifically” shoot the moon.

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Why is it called scientifically shooting the moon? Let’s first look at this schematic diagram and the live photos taken. When shooting, we need to ensure that the moon, foreground and camera are in the same straight line.

   This requires a lot of work: first we need to query the azimuth angle of the moon’s rise. I learned that the moon rose from a position 25 degrees south east at 21:15 that day, and then we had to look for a suitable seat in the opposite direction of Jiayuguan, which was 25 degrees north west. But how far is the camera from the foreground? We know that the farther the distance is, the larger the moon will look relative to the foreground when shooting with a telephoto lens. On the contrary, the moon looks small. At this time, we can use the APP photography assistant Planit to make a shooting plan.

  Planit has many useful functions. The trajectory of the sun, moon and stars can be queried in the software. More importantly, it can combine the map and terrain information to simulate the length, width and height of the foreground and different lens focal lengths. Prepare for shooting.

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As shown in the picture, through Planit, I found a road in the northwest and simulated the photos taken at the camera.

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  The last quarter moon rising from Beijing Ancient Observatory

   On August 2, 2018, I used the same method and performed careful calculations. The meticulous shooting of the last quarter moon rising from the ancient observatory in Beijing.

   It is worth noting that using telephoto to shoot the moon in a specific landscape is very challenging. There may be a big error if the camera position is offset by 1-2 meters. But it will be very meaningful to successfully take good photos through meditation planning. Watching the moon appear in a predetermined position at the scene is even more surprising.

  03 How to shoot a high-angle moon

   If you miss the moon rise or set, the moon has already risen at high In the air. How should we shoot in the city?

   Most people’s photos are just a lonely moon, but to make the photos more beautiful, we can also find some higher prospects. For example, tall buildings, signal towers, eaves in the distance, or flowers and trees, and the super moon on April 8, I used this method of shooting.

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  On April 8th, the Super Moon rose from the signal tower of Chongqing TV Station

   But if you take such a photo, you will find that the moon rises very special Bright, with great contrast. To ensure that the moon is clear, the foreground is dark; to ensure that the foreground is accurately exposed, the moon is dark again. At this time, we can consider shooting high dynamic range images to obtain more dynamic range and image details.

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   Goose Ridge Park Kansheng Building

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  Goose Ling Park overlooks Shenglou’s distant view

  After this super moon also ended, I learned about these shooting dry goods. Is it a pity? In fact, there will be a super moon in May. Let’s take the camera in hand and take pictures of the super moon that dominates the circle of friends in minutes!

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