My Father's Supermoon
This photo was taken on the night of my father’s funeral last year. The moon has not been enlarged.
I delayed posting it, because I was hoping to improve my editing skills to do a better job, but it’s now been almost a year to the day that my father passed away and by coincidence another relative has passed away this weekend. So I’d like to dedicate this to both of them.
I'd spent weeks looking for this special location, where I could take a photo of the moon with famous landmarks and NOT have to fake the size of the moon. This is how the moon really looked.
I then had to wait 6 months for the full-moon to be in just the right position without much haze (seldom). Therefore, when my father passed away it was quite a surprise to discover that not only would there be a full-moon on the evening of his funeral, but also a rare supermoon. My mother was understandably grief stricken and needed consoling, but when she heard about the supermoon, she insisted I take the opportunity to capture it in memory of my father.
Unfortunately, I was delayed and the moon was already quite high when I arrived. In my rush with this first shot (and best of the series), I forgot to take my usual 5-bracketed exposures. This meant that I had to use a moon from a shot some minutes later, when it wasn't behind clouds. This makes the photo look somewhat artificial looking, but in some ways, I think it makes it even more striking and unique.
Since it is already a composite, I decided for once to break my rules and add an lit shot of St Paul’s cathedral (taken from the same location, but on bonfire night last month).
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L II with Metabones IV Adapter on Sony A7r (in manual focus mode).