Super Moon At The Conciergerie

August 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Super Moon At The Conciergerie

 

What excitement as I set up my equipment in advance of the arrival of the Super Moon. Well, in my case it was because of the moon, but in the case of the thousands of Parisians around me, it was the annual Paris Plage event, which now extends along the right bank of the Seine down to Pont Neuf.

 

Super Moon At The ConciergerieSuper Moon at Conciergerie

(Click on the image to view on a black background)

 

Azimuth, Time and a Map

 

Careful planning is required to line up the moon with the landscape of your choice. In my case, knowing in advance that this was going to be a “generational” appearance of the moon, I reverse engineered my preferred camera position by using the “Darkness” app on my iPhone to get the time and azimuth of the moon’s rise. From that, I used a map to decide which Paris monument might offer the best chance of framing the moon while it was relatively low in the sky, still optically “large” and not too bright against the surrounding sky and buildings. Luckily it rose just prior to the Paris late Summer sunset.

 

For those reasons, I declined Sacre Coeur and the Louvre and chose an angle of sight down the river Seine at the Conciergerie, a building dripping with history, which was a terrible dungeon during the French Revolution. I was not perfectly well served, however, as I bit my fingernails hoping that the cloud on the distant horizon would allow the moon to appear. So it did, but only about 10 minutes after moonrise, preventing me from capturing it at its optical-illusion largest, when it was right on the horizon created by the bridge.

 

The 5 Bridges

 

This is a favourite spot of mine , which allows a penetrating view down the river, such that you can see five bridges appearing, nested one within the arch of the other. I prefer to crop the view tighter than this, in order to focus only on the bridges, but in this case I was trying for a Harry Potterish inclusion of Hogwarts, oops, the Conciergerie.

 

Many viewers may find the image too dull, depending also on the set up of their computer screen, but I have a weak spot for moody, gloomy images. I find them more interesting.

 

The Moon of Doom

 

 This has nothing to do with vampires and werewolves, only the curse of the brightness of the moon to photographers. I have blogged on the complexities of this previously and the settings in the technical section reflect the precautions needed to get detail from both the moon and its surroundings, given a camera’s limitations with dynamic range.

 

The main precautions involved use of a telephoto lens, spot metering and a reasonable speed. The manual settings and tripod were more aimed at acuity of the final image, given the subject and lens choice.

 

 

Technicals

 

Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: VR 70-200mm zoom f/2.8G with extender

Focal Length: 195mm

VR: OFF

Focus Mode: Manual

Aperture: f/4.5

Shutter Speed: 1/200s (Mirror up)

Auto Focus Area Mode: Single

Exposure Mode: Manual

Exposure Compensation : +1 EV

Metering: Spot

ISO Sensitivity: 640

Mounted on a Tripod with lens collar tight

 

Copyright Paul Grayson 2014


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