Photographing a Full Moon

Last night, right before bed, I saw a photograph of a spectacular red moon on Instagram with the caption (along the lines of) “The blood moon is out tonight”. Because I’ve been meaning to photograph the moon since I bought my new lens, I was gutted that I’d missed a full moon (and apparently blood moon) opportunity.

After a bit of moaning, me and Matt just went out into the car park to check anyway. It was really late, and it had been a pretty crappy day regarding weather, so I didn’t have high hopes – luckily for me, there it was! A full moon, albeit hidden beneath some fairytale looking clouds, but it was there nonetheless. It wasn’t red, like the photograph I’d seen on Instagram, but I wasn’t expecting it to be anyway.

In a rush, I was attempting this without a tripod, but it wasn’t working too well. The lens is huge and heavy, and I’m a little weakling… Eventually, Matt ran back upstairs and grabbed my tripod for me whilst I tried to catch some motion shots of the clouds. The wind must have been insane up in the sky.

Once I got my camera set up on the tripod, everything improved and I finally got some detailed shots of the moon. I mean, you can actually see the curvature of the surface and craters and shadows… I was over the moon with the results (*badum-dum-tss* pun intended) considering this was my first attempt at capturing the moon.

Full Moon Detailed Photography

My favourite shot from the night. It’s so detailed – I can’t believe how much of the moon’s surface we can see! Captured on a Canon 750D with 300mm focal length, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec, ISO-200.



What do you think? Have you ever tried to photograph the moon in detail?

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Photographs are my own. Β© Morgan Mills.

23 thoughts on “Photographing a Full Moon

  1. hey i was gonna do that!! just came from a drive and then while entering the gate I realized the full moon and I was going to click a pic too! I still have a full yellow moon here!! HEHE!

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  2. Awesome. I have never been able to get moonshots, but that is because I don’t use a tripod or have fancy lenses. Although my hubby was able to get nice noon shots at one point without fancy lenses, but he did use a tripod.


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