Supermoon photography in the Redlands

Moon setting over Ormiston - one of the 2016 supermoon events
The moon setting over Ormiston on 16 October 2016

It’s full moon tonight. Because it will be closer to earth than usual it will be big and bright so it’s been dubbed a ‘supermoon’.

NASA advises that it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948 and we won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.

Photographing the supermoon

The full moon photographed from Cleveland on 16 October 2016
The full moon photographed from Cleveland on 16 October 2016

The most interesting photos will be taken soon after the moon rises when it appears larger and can be seen in the context of familiar landscape.

You can also get the same sort of photos when the ‘supermoon’ is setting.

If you just want to photograph the moon on its own wait until the moon is a bit higher in the sky.

Use your longest focal length lens and preferably a tripod and a cable shutter release to reduce camera shake.

There’s plenty of advice for photographers on how to take photos of the full moon. Here’s a few examples, and you can google plenty more:

Moon shots in the Redlands

Popular places to view the full moon include Cleveland Point and Wellington Point.

If you are thinking of getting a moon over water shot it will be half tide when the moon rises.

Be prepared for biting midges (sand flies) if you are anywhere near the Bay when the sun goes down.

On North Stradbroke Island there will be some great opportunities to capture the moon rising over the Pacific Ocean.

On Brisbane’s Bayside (Cleveland) the moon rises at 5:48 pm but the sun does not set until 6:15 pm and it won’t be dark (after last light) until 6:40 pm. All of this information can be obtained from Willy’s Weather Toondah Harbour.


14 November 2016

UPDATE 15 November: the results

Supermoon rising over Cleveland Point
Supermoon rising over Cleveland Point and some low cloud

Last night lots of people took lots of photos and had lots of fun.


Low cloud meant that on Brisbane’s Bayside we couldn’t see the moon for about 20 minutes after its scheduled rise time.

After that we had mainly cloud free sky for a couple of hours which allowed us to take detailed shots of the moon.

The supermoon full moon viewed from Cleveland at 8:37 pm on 14 November 2016

Photos taken by people in the Redlands can be seen on the Redland City Bulletin webpage.

Photos taken in Brisbane and elsewhere in Queensland can be found on the ABC News website.

More than a million photos hashtagged #supermoon have so far been been uploaded to Instagram.


15 November 2016

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