This year, I decided to go all out with the Nikon 800mm lens plus a 1.7x teleconverter to capture the supermoon as close as possible. I hope you enjoy the collections of photos I have taken so far – I will be shooting from Friday through Sunday night and updating the latest photos here.
If you enjoy these, become a part of the chase for the perfect photo by supporting The Art of the Chase, my photography documentary on Kickstarter. Be on the lookout for two special rewards for prints of Supermoon 2013!
First, let’s start off with a little info about the lens and an update on the film project!
Now, let’s take a look at the supermoon!
This is my first test shot with the Nikon 800mm. I used a 1.7x teleconverter to achieve a focal length of 1350mm. It was a HUGE thrill seeing the moon through the viewfinder at this focal length. The detail is absolutely astounding – I can’t wait to use this for the rise of the Supermoon.
This was my favorite shot from my first afternoon of chasing the Supermoon. This is a five image vertical panorama with each image taken at 800mm. As the sun continued to set, it illuminated these aspen trees beautifully and as the sky gradually darkened, the moon became brighter. I hope to use this technique tonight at the Grand Canyon.
This was one of the few wider shots I took of the moon. I love the simplistic feel of this image and I think the final version may turn out to be a black & white.
This is another test shot at 1350mm taken much later at night after the sky had turned much darker. Because of the contrast with the sky, you can see a lot more detail.
It was a great day here at the North Rim. The gorgeous beauty of the Grand Canyon is always inspiring to me and I feel that I come up with something new every time I’m here. I scouted the area at Point Imperial and lined up a couple shots for the moonrise. After many difficulties, I was able to come away with two shots I liked. The “real” Supermoon is rising later tonight and I’m really excited for another great evening of shooting. I’ll have more updates about my images when I get back from the Rim! Thanks for looking and supporting The Art of the Chase.
This is a 14 frame panorama taken with my Nikon 28-300 at Point Imperial at the Grand Canyon. As the sun set and the moon came out, the wind began to blow. This made very difficult conditions for using a long telephoto lens. After a great deal of persistance I was able to capture the 14 frames I needed and here is the result. It seems to be the favorite as it was featured on the NBC News website and has over 2,000 +1′s on Google+!
While scouting the area, I found this beautiful burnt tree and I knew it would make a great frame for the moon. There was no way to use only the Nikon 800mm in this shot, so I took one exposure for the foreground and stars at 28mm and another for the moon at 1350mm. Although this is not exactly what I’m looking for, I’m glad that I was able to come up with a vision of how I wanted this one to look. This one was also featured on NBC Nightly News.
Here are the final shots of supermoon 2013! The evening wasn’t looking too promising at first due to strong wind gusts and a heavy layer of clouds. But everything calmed down just in time to capture these images of supermoon rising.
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Thank you everyone for your overwhelming support of my Supermoon photos and my film, The Art of the Chase. I was able to capture some great photos and we have some great footage for the documentary but we still need YOUR HELP! The Art of the Chase is a special, inspiring, and personally emotional film about my journey as a photographer. The Supermoon adventure was our first full shoot and so far it has come out great. By supporting this Kickstarter project you make it possible for me to continue to film these amazing adventures. I have already received many comments and emails about how they feel inspired to chase their own dreams and I am very eager to continue to reach as many people as possible. Your pledges and support mean the world to me and I promise I wont let you down!