SUPERMOON Sightings!

December 3, 2017–Garden City, South Carolina


The BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST, ONLY Supermoon of 2017!

I recently ordered a new zoom lens (75-300mm), and I absolutely LOVE it.  What better way to experiment with it, then to get out and shoot the moon!  I was SUPER excited about the upcoming cold supermoon, and had been counting down the days until Sunday’s show in the sky!

I wondered, as I’m sure most of you do, why this particular moon is called a cold moon.  It is for the most obvious reason, the first full moon of December, which is a sign that winter is here. And we all know in the Northern Hemisphere we experience winter in December, and it’s COLD.

But what makes this moon so SUPER??  If you didn’t actually go outside last night, you may not have seen just how bright this moon was shining!  My mom sent me a voicemail, starting ‘OMG TRISHA!’ to which I panicked for a second, only to realize she was in awe of the beauty in the sky!  So just how bright is the moon during a supermoon?  16% brighter, and 7% larger than a normal moon.  Because a full moon is closest to the Earth, you really observe the biggest and brightest views.

I started out the night observing the moon on my balcony in Myrtle Beach.  I had a perfect view of the orange glow through the trees, with just enough light to capture some stunning shots.  I was truly enjoying the bright ambiance in the sky.

After about a thirty minute session on the balcony, I knew I had to relocate and get some more shots, preferably at the beach.  It was perfect timing when a friend invited me to join him for a moon viewing elsewhere.

Next stop, Garden City Beach.  This is one of my favorite spots in the area around Myrtle Beach, so it wasn’t a tough decision to make for relocation. I started out capturing the moon, but of course, knowing my obsession with piers, I had to get some pier shots while I was down there. The little traces of light made for some amazing photos.

I even gave my friend a little teaching lesson and had him capturing my shadows under the pier.  I was knee deep in the Atlantic Ocean, freezing my tail off, always for the love of photography. And of course, the night ended like every night should end…a couple tacos and some good conversation.

Have a look though the gallery and enjoy the captures of my evening!

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