So here we are… on the last day of 2009. The last day of this decade for that matter. This New Year’s Eve is supposed to be a little special though, as we are going to have a Blue Moon here in the U.S.
A Blue Moon is where you have an additional full moon during the year (twice in one month), as normally there are only 12 full moons per year. Lunar years are not quite the same length as calendar years. (No, the moon isn’t actually going to appear to be the color blue.)
If you would like to get some shots of tomorrow’s Blue Moon, then I have a couple of quick tips for you to keep in mind.
- You’re going to want a telephoto lens with a decent focal length, at least 200mm.
- A tripod is key to getting really sharp shots. The moon is bright enough that you can hand-hold, but a tripod is the way to go.
- Use your camera’s built-in timer or use a cable release to help get those shots just that much extra sharp. The timer (set to 5 seconds or longer) will allow any movement to cease from pressing the shutter release and a cable release prevents you from touching the camera altogether. You could also use a wireless remote, provided your camera supports it.
2009 has been a blast and I look forward to continuing my photographic journey in 2010 and sharing it with you all. I hope you have a safe and Happy New Year!