Our friend Carolina Burgos posted this link to EarthSky Facebook just now. It’s a very beautiful real-time video of silhouettes in front of the rising full moon on January 28, 2013. Photographer Mark Gee captured this video at 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 2.1 km 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.
Thanks for recommending this, Carolyn! Awesome job, Mark.
Bottom line: Beautiful video of silhouettes in front of rising full moon, made on January 28, 2013.
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