A lunar aside

Mark Gee is an Australian photographer I first heard about several weeks ago. In fact, it was about the time an Estonian ham was bouncing his 15m signals off the moon.

Operating at a much shorter wavelength than ES5TV, Mark decided to exercise the video capabilities of his digital SLR.

The video below may appear to be a slow-motion capture of the full moon rising but it’s actually recorded in real time. By using a very long telephoto lens, the motion of the moon was made apparent in much the same way that a close-up video of a clock would show motion of the minute hand.

Long story short, it makes a compelling video, in part, due to the inclusion of people in the foreground. “Foreground” is a relative term – in this case, it’s 2.1 km away.

Tech details from Mark:

Full Moon Silhouettes is a real time video of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.

The video is as it came off the memory card and there has been no manipulation whatsoever. Technically it was quite a challenge to get the final result. I shot it on a Canon ID MkIV in video mode with a Canon EF 500mm f/4L and a Canon 2x extender II, giving me the equivalent focal length of 1300mm.

Watch it full-screen by clicking on the icon:



  3 comments for “A lunar aside

  1. Larry W2LJ
    March 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Thanks so much, John – that was awesome. Now, if there only could have been some Yagi silhoueetes in there! I know …… different group.

  2. Elwood Downey, WB0OEW
    March 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Wow, what a pleasant surprise on a ham blog .. thank you John, for a relaxing moment today. Look’s wonderful at full-screen on my 27″ Thunderbolt display. Nice music too. I’ll have to go take a look at Mr. Gee’s other work.

  3. March 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Yep, a pretty profound video. Everyone I’ve emailed it to liked it so I decided to post it here as well.

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