I was so delighted to discover that I would be at Bryce Canyon National Park during the rise of the supermoon. On a trip like this I was bound to be somewhere great but Bryce Canyon with its hoodoos was ideal.
This was my second attempt at photographing a supermoon. When it happened last year my results kinda sucked but this time I was more prepared since I’ve been practicing my HDR technique.
This is Thor’s Hammer at Sunset Point.
It made me laugh a little when I saw a few photographers out on the same trail with their iPhones comparing their complex apps that calculated the exact position of the moon and the track it would take. All you really need to know is the compass degree where the moon will rise.
One thing to remember is the difference between true north and compass north, known as magnetic variation, and compensate for that. Magnetic variation is different depending on where you are on the earth. On the west coast of Canada it is about 17 degrees but in Utah it was only 11 degrees. But don’t forget, magnetic north isn’t where it used to be. It changes by about 1 degree every 3 years on the west coast of Canada.
That might sound complicated but it’s really simple. You just subtract 17 (or 11 if you’re in Utah) from the “true” degree.
This is about the only point where my boating knowledge helps my photography other than getting me to cool locations!
Ideally I wanted the moon to be a bit lower in the sky for my image, but there was a band of clouds in front of the moon at the time so I waited a bit to get a clear shot.
What? It doesn’t look “super” big to you? That’s because it isn’t. I detest those images where people blow up the moon so big that it looks like it is about to ram into earth. They make me want to scream and go running for cover.