Supermoon 2012

May 7, 2012 by Jason Hines

Hi Everyone!

The largest moon of 2012 came full on Saturday night and I had the opportunity to get out to the Toroweap view point of the Grand Canyon to shoot it! This was my first time visiting Toroweap and I have to say that I was a little intimidated to stand so close to the edge of a sheer 3000′ drop to the Colorado River.

For the occasion, I rented a Nikon 200-400mm lens with a 1.7x teleconverter from Borrow Lenses so I could get up close and personal with this huge moon. To get a good perspective, I hiked about 3 miles from the main view point to an isolated area which gave me a great perspective of the moonrise. I cannot even begin to describe my feeling of awe and excitement as I stood there on the edge of the Grand Canyon watching this beautiful yellow moon rise up over the horizon. This was my favorite shot from the moonrise – I hope you like it! Be sure to click on the image to view it in the light box.

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  1. Justin says:

    I stood there last year about this time, no super moon…but incredible just the same. Awesome image!
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  2. Marty Cohen says:

    Great shot Jason. That Super Moon last night was incredible to see. I think it’s great that you were able to get up to the Grand Canyon to shoot it from there. Very cool and it must have been really magical.
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  3. Ben Tucker says:

    Wow! what a view of the Supermoon Jason. There was cloud cover for me in the UK but even if there hadnt been how can you compete with this! Absolutely brilliant!
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  4. Renee says:

    Wonderful picture, truly breathtaking! Wow!

    • John says:

      I’ll second that…as awesome as it was to see the Grand Canyon a few years ago, I know feel like I missed something. Great shot, thanks for sharing!

  5. Incredible image, Jason!
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  6. Curt Fleenor says:

    Crazy shot Jason!
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  7. Absolutely otherworldly. Brilliant capture–just breathtaking. Congrats on this shot, Jason!
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  8. Adam Allegro says:

    Awesome Jason. Just awe-inspiring my friend. Well worth the effort. This would look marvelous blown up big on a wall!!
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  9. Soo cool!
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  10. murphyz says:

    Nicely captured…whenever I try and shoot the moon I always manage to over expose, spot on here.
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