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On March 19, we witnessed the SuperMoon. The term “SuperMoon” was coined in 1979 by Richard Nolle and defined as

“a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.”(quoted from the Wikipedia page)

SuperMoons occur every year as the moon orbits the earth. But the supermoon that occurred on March 19, 2011 is one of the closest in 18 years. More details here.

Took some pictures last night. The moon looked the same to the naked eye like any other night except it was brighter. But when I looked through my lens, it was definitely bigger than the last time I captured it. Here is what I saw:

Shades of SuperMoon - a play with white balance


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Pictures: Gazing at the moon

December 21, 2010 — 2 Comments

My fascination with the night sky started very early. I could stare at a star-filled sky for several minutes (I never could do hours because I could never find a nice place to lie down and stare at them!) Anyways, when I got my camera, I had the opportunity to capture those moments. But, I faced two problems:

  • It was and still is too dark at night.
  • The only thing bright enough for me to capture with my camera is the moon. And if you don’t have a tripod, it is going to look like a very bright, shaky studio light.

So I got myself a tripod and read up on the right settings and this picture here is my pick from the first lot.

Full-Moon-Kerala-Tungsten

In case you are wondering if I encountered a blue moon, I don’t think I did. That is a result of the White Balance set on Tungsten.

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