On the evening of June 22nd, 2013, I drove to Saguaro National Park West to photograph the super moon.  A Super Moon is just a full moon that happens to be closer to the Earth than any other time during the year.  In fact a Super Moon happens about every 14 months.   Super Moons for the next three years are August 10, 2014, September 28, 2015, and November 14, 2016.

Apogee is the term used to describe the farthermost distance the moon is from the Earth during the year.  That distance is 252,088 miles.

Perigee describes just the opposite, or the closed the moon ever gets to the Earth during the year.  That distance can be as closes as 221,208 miles.

I know you can’t stand it so I’ll tell you, the average distance from the moon to the earth is 238,855 miles.

I used a tripod and a remote release to reduce camera shake.  My Canon 1DX is a full frame digital camera set on manual mode so I have more control.  To start I set my aperture at f/16, shutter at 1/200 seconds with an ISO of 640.  My Canon 70-300mm L series lens was used at 200mm.  I pre-focused the lens and then turned off the auto focus.

During the shoot I tracked the moon as it rose in the sky adjusting my setting based on the changing light.  I recommend you take your shot and then review so you can make adjustments as needed.

Here is a visual display of a full minute and a Super Moon.