A Moon in March. Bangkok, Thailand 2013


Waning moon in perigee, Bangkok, Thailand
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I love a moon shot. Last night, the waning moon (shown here at 85% illumination) was in perigee, meaning the satellite’s orbit is at its point nearest to the earth’s centre – 367,542 km as opposed to apogee – the furthest from the earth – approx 404,000 km. Taken from my rooftop in central Bangkok on Saturday March 30, 2013 at 10.30pm.

The size of the moon at these two opposing stages is easily seen in the image below. A good opportunity for photographers to get better resolution in the image (less cropping needed).

apogee_perigee

The waxing moon below (also at perigee) photographed in the southern hemisphere in April 2009 in South Australia shows a rotated form – compare to image at top. Shooting at such a long distance through afternoon light paints the moon in a blue UV haze (slightly exaggerated here), something not often seen in moon shots.

Waxing moon in perigee, South Australia
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Related links

Warren Field Photography moon images:
http://warrenfield.com.au/galleries/the-moon

See Blog ‘The Magic of Moonlight’:
https://warrenfield.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/the-magic-of-moonlight-2/

Sources:
www.moonconnection.com

timeanddate.com / Moon phase info:
http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/moonphases.html

Image specs topOlympus E-3, f8 1/20 second, ISO 100, EC-20 2 x teleconverter, Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom (set at 1000m film equivalent), white balance cloudy mode, aperture priority, Exposure -4.3EV, manual focus, metering: centre-weighted average, natural mode, tripod. 

Image specs aboveOlympus E-3, f16 1/125 second, ISO 100, EC-20 2 x teleconverter, Zuiko 90-250mm f2.8 Telephoto Zoom (set at 1000m film equivalent), white balance auto, manual exposure, manual focus, metering: ESP+AF, vivid mode, tripod. 

© Warren Field 2013
Taken on OLYMPUS E-System Cameras and Zuiko lenses.

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