Moon night

Getting a photo of the moon is a little different than getting your usual night shot. Typical night photography normally entails either using long exposures, or high ISOs (or both).

A moon shot (apologies to NASA) involves daylight exposures. Why you may ask? Our only natural satellite is at an average distance of about 238,000 miles from us. That may sound like a lot, but it’s just a stone’s throw away, astronomically speaking. Thus the light falling on the moon is essentially the same as the light during a sunny day here on Earth.

Now, if you want to get a photo of, say a landscape or a city scene at night with the moon in the background, then you’ll have to use more of a common nighttime exposure, but then the moon itself will be extremely overexposed and appear like a glowing orb in the sky.

The exception to that is to shoot in the early evening when the moon first rises when, for a short time, when the ambient light matches the exposure of the moon.


We are still accepting entries to the latest Reader’s Photo Challenge: Night.

Here are the rules:

1. Entries can be emailed to Type in “Night” in the subject line.

2. Photos have to be shot between Feb. 17 and Mar. 2.

3. Include your name (first and last), hometown, and the kind of camera/lens you used and where it was taken (ie: “Weber Avenue in downtown Stockton.”

4. If there is a recognizable person in the photo, please identify them (name, age, hometown).

5. The subject is up to you but it must be shot outdoors at night, any time after sunset to before sunrise. It can be a found situation or a created one.

6. Please feel free to include any interesting anecdotes or stories on how you took the picture.

7. The deadline for submission is Sunday, March 2. The top examples will be published on Monday, March 10 with an online gallery of all the photos on the same day.

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