S! Challenge: SuperMoon Scrapbook Shot

SuperMoon, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (Click on image to enlarge).

cradled in my hands
a radiant crystal ball

The image above of last Saturday’s SuperMoon was a fun project to work on.  For the photos, I used a 300mm zoom, a fast shutter speed, and underexposed the shots to avoid getting just a big white glowing blob in my picture.

First, I took five separate photos of the SuperMoon.  I adjusted my camera to the settings I preferred, secured the camera on my tripod and took the five photos at predetermined intervals without repositioning the camera.  The first moon photo I took is on the left.  Five minutes later, I took the second shot.  The last three shots were taken one minute apart from each other.

Using Photoshop Elements, I merged the five shots together to create one photo showing the progression of the moon’s position over the eight minute period.  Then I used a “distort” effect to make the image look curled.  Thanks to Gracie for inspiration on the curled photo effect and for pointing us to the tutorial at Holly’s blog.  (Head over to Gracie’s Frames and Focus blog to see some of her lovely photos and effects.  Also, check out the Photo by Holly blog for some great tutorials.)

Last, I used a textured background and scattered some images of old photo corners around the photo to create the look of an in-process scrapbook page.

Do you have any tips you would like to share for taking good photos of the moon?


This post is for the “S” Challenge by Frizztext (“S” is for SuperMoon, Scrapbook, Shot)