I had the pleasure of tromping around the woods with my brother this past weekend trying to find that epic moon shot. We headed towards Tipsoo Lake, and I knew that I wanted a photo of the moon rising up over the ridgeline with the trees silhouetted. Everyone has their process when photographing the moon, but here are some of my simple and straightforward tips.
1) Use a big lens and a tripod. Pretty straightforward … I was using a Canon EF 400MM F2.8 L IS with a Canon Extender EF 2X III on a 1D MkIV (1.3x crop censor). If I do the math correctly, that’s a whole lot (1040mm to be exact). I had a Induro Carbon 8X CT214 Tripod holding the weight of the gear.
2) Plan your shot. Whether your going for a landscape or a tight silhouetted shot, you need to figure out a good location to set up before you go out in the field.
That is all. This is how bright the moon was that night. As you can see, it was pretty bright.