Once In A Blue Moon…

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!



4 thoughts on “Once In A Blue Moon…

  1. Actually Stephen a Blue Moon happens when there are two full moons in one month.

    This happens about seven times in 19 years. Generally they occur in months with 31 days. The previous Blue Moon was June 2007. The next Blue Moon will occur in August 2012.

    About once every 19 years we get the very rare occurance of two blue moons in one year. It is almost always during January or March because of the shortest month, February. The last time a double blue moon occurred was in 1999.


    • Rich, that’s actually what I meant to write so thanks for clarifying that. It’s what I get for writing late a night when I’m tired. 🙂 I updated the post to reflect my lack of clarification.



  2. Unfortunatly Stephen none of your recommendations will work for us here in the Northeast, we’ve got No Moon!! For the next 4-5 days we’re going to have a massive cloud shield dumping massive amounts of snow. Aren’t you glad you’re in So. Cal?!!

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