Friday, 21 June 2013

Supermoon and the Great Globe

Scouting a new location today with a bit of new equipment.
It's early in the evening with a full moon, (The Supermoon no less) so no real intention to get star photos but a genuine hope to find good spots for future shoots.

Now Durlston Head is part of a country park at the tip of the Purbecks tucked just behind Swanage. The key spots I wanted to see at Durlston head were:

  1. Durlston Castle (I was not optimistic i'd get a good angle tbh)
  2. The Great Globe (A large globe statue positioned below the castle)
  3. Anvil Point Lighthouse
  4. Tilly Whim caves (Again, I was not optimistic I could do much with them)

So a location with lots of potential. I did the trip with my brother, sister and her dog.

First up I had a stab at shooting the moon. (I'm still not terribly good at it and I was hoping to get a nice angle so as to frame a person silhouetted against it.
I cheated to get this. I moved the moon in post-processing.
Notice however how big the moon is, that's how big the supermoon is in reality through a 85mm lens(100% crop).
A lot of photos like the one used to head this article: link. Showed up during the supermoon event showing the moon being way, way more than the 14% bigger that it actually was, all of them were fakes.
Beautiful fakes but frustrating ones. It implies that things exist that can't and gives the impression that photographs are possible that aren't.
This is the supermoon through my longest zoom lens(200mm)
This is Fella, my sisters dog.
The Great Globe.

This stone monument is a great subject matter for future star-shoots. The fencing is a bit inconvenient but we'll see what I can do.
I will be back for this.