Skooter reporting 05/07/12
Saturday night was so bright, bright as a day due to a “Supermoon” and it did put on a show. That night there were countless photographers around the world searching for that perfect full moon shot.
Liem Bahneman was one of the photographers in Seattle who said that a lot of photographers had the same idea, getting the skyline with the moon beyond, as the Magnolia bridge and Ursula Judkins viewpoint on the west side were crammed with crowd of photographers.
But Bahneman had an advantage; he has special software that directed him right where to go to get the best shot he wanted and in this case, the moon behind the Space Needle. The special tool he used is called ‘The Photographers Ephemeris,” available on Mac, PC and IOS. He said that it allows photo aficionado to plot where the moon will rise and gives you guide lines to position yourself in the proper way, including altitude and degrees of elevation. By using it in combination with Google Earth, he managed to taper down the perfect spots to a few locations.
Another useful tool is called “Theodolite” for the iPhone which allows you to dial in the actual degrees of elevation a landmark is relative to your position, he said.
Enjoy the ‘Supermoon’ while you can. Skooter enjoyed the moon show last Saturday and Sunday nights looking up to the dark bright sky. I’d say ‘Supermoon’ did put on a show ‘round the globe.