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Cold Supermoon by Warren Finlay

Photo of the Week for January 26, 2018

Cold Supermoon by Warren Finlay“Getting the shot” can involve a lot of sacrifice and discomfort. But sometimes it’s the only way. Determined to photograph the December 31, 2017, perigean full Moon (a.k.a. “supremoon”), Edmonton, Alberta, photographer Warren Finlay endured wind-chill temperatures approaching –35°C . “Having to wait in the bitter cold to catch the rising Moon while the sun was still illuminating smokestack clouds above an oil refinery, I was glad I was wearing five jackets!” But he did get the shot.

Warren’s supermoon portrait is a single, 1/25-second exposure at ISO 100 made with a Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera and a Canon 400mm f/5.6 telephoto lens set to f/16.

Hearty photographers have another opportunity to test their metal an January 31, when the full Moon passes through Earth’s shadow, creating a total lunar eclipse. (For details on this event, turn to page 28 of the January/February 2018 issue of SkyNews.)

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