The Biggest Moon

© Christie R. Bielss

The Biggest Moon

Uploaded: December 14, 2008


Friday night was the largest full moon of the year. Shot this handheld, no tripod - this was one big moon!

Cropped a small amount, used the unsharp mask tool and adjusted levels and color.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/200 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 100, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 270.00 mm, Model: NIKON D80


Patricia Seidler December 14, 2008

Christie, your moon shots are getting better and better. Great capture. I was going to go out the other night when the moon was full and so bright, but it was FREEZING! #1051423

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic December 14, 2008

Beautiful lunar capture. Love the details here, Christie.

UB. #6890991

Christie R. Bielss December 14, 2008

I shot this right at 4:15 - I had on coat, hat, muffler, long johns and 2 pairs of gloves. Not exactly sure how I depressed the shutter - much less being able to get to the viewfinder! LOL! #6890996

Christie R. Bielss December 14, 2008

Thanks, Patricia! I shot this right at 4:15 - I had on coat, hat, muffler, long johns and 2 pairs of gloves. Not exactly sure how I depressed the shutter - much less being able to get to the viewfinder! LOL! #6890998

Christie R. Bielss December 14, 2008

Thanks U B. I very much appreciate it! #6891001

Janet McNeil level-classic December 14, 2008

Another fantastic moon shot!!! Beautiful work, Christie!!! #6891108

Tiia Vissak December 14, 2008

very beautiful! #6891150

Christie R. Bielss December 14, 2008

Thanks so much Janet and Tiia! I really appreciate it! #6891198

Jeana Clark December 14, 2008

WOW Christie!!!
This turned out amazingly awesome!!!
I tried without a tripod, but it was just a big blur!!!
Excellent Work!!!!

~J~ #6891265

Patrick Rouzes level-classic December 14, 2008

Christie, to get this clarity of the moon without a tripod is a phenomenal feat but you have done it!!! Exceptional tones, contrasts, clarity & presentation here,my friend!!!
I have 100's of blurry moon shots,lol!!! #6891422

Teresa H. Hunt December 14, 2008

Christie, what a beautiful photo of the moon. I was so busy friday night I didn't even have time to look at the moon. . . let alone take pictures. LOL!!

Christie R. Bielss December 14, 2008

Thank you so much Jeana, Patrick and Teresa! I really appreciate your kind comments!

Jeana and Patrick, our moon was so big early on that I was able to brace my elbows on my chest and get the shot. Funny thing is I bought a new undergarment which made the "bracing" part substantially easier! LOL!!!

Teresa, I've been dealing with a child having asthma issues (i.e. stuck at home) - so I was making time to let her run off some of the steroid-crazies outside! ugh..... #6891674

Jessica Jenney December 14, 2008

Fantastic capture with great detail, Christie! Wish I had seen it! #6891942

Sharon December 14, 2008

Beautiful!! What kind of lense & setting did you use to capture this? I can never get one to turn out this great!! Nice work :) #6892429

Molly E. Baldwin December 14, 2008

Great job Christie! I wanted to get a shot of this too, but I still don't know how to use my new slr so I missed out on that one :( O well. Glad you were able to capture it so well :) #6892715

Ken Smith level-classic December 15, 2008

It's tricky shooting the exposure...but you nailed it...very nicely done, Christie! #6894276

M.Christine Duncan December 15, 2008

Awesome job on this one Christie... wow! The detail is great!!! BRAVO! #6896127

Karen Kessler December 16, 2008

Hey Christie, great shot - especially being handheld! I got a few myself using the tripod, but yours is clearer. I colored one of mine orange & did some more DDR work before posting in the Comedy Relief Club. It looked so much like a peeled orange, as does yours if you look closely. Great detail! #6899696

Debbie Price level-classic December 17, 2008

Love this photo. I didn't take my camera to work the next morning after this big moon. You could see it so clear during the daylight early morn. I was just pure sick. I'm glad someone captured the beauty in it. Well done! dp sad #6903976

Dawn M. Schneider December 18, 2008

this is a great image, what lens are you using to get these clear bit images? #6906976

Kathy L. Clark December 18, 2008

Well you did a fantastic job of capturing it Christine. Wonderful detail. #6907616

Christie R. Bielss December 18, 2008

Wow - thank you so much everyone! I very much appreciate your very kind comments! I am overwhelmed!

I use a Nikon 70-300mm VR at 270mm. If I max it out at 300 it gets pretty soft. I also shoot on Shutter Priority and bracket it until I get one that I like - which means I usually end up with about 20 unusable shots - or ones that require PS work.

Karen - that is so funny about the orange - we thought it looked just like one too! It even looks like it has the knot where you put your thumb to peel it!!! #6907945

Dawn M. Schneider December 18, 2008

ok that explains it I have the nikon 70-200 vr how much was yours can I ask? mine was about 2000 #6908267

Christie R. Bielss December 18, 2008

A WHOLE lot less! About $430 including shipping.

You got the f2.8? #6908842

Dawn M. Schneider December 18, 2008

yes 2.8 I am going to try some more moon shots now what are you setting your iso etc at will you email me your settings #6908859

Christie R. Bielss December 18, 2008

Yep. Email coming your way. #6908913

Danielle M. Schamer December 20, 2008

LOVE this! Shows so much detail!! :) #6917709

Dale Hardin August 02, 2009

Excellent!! Have never been able to get a nice shot like this. I really like the way you composed it as well. #7807553

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