This is the first Christmas Eve Full Moon Since 1977, first time in 38 years! The last Full Moon of the year in December is called “Full Cold Moon”. I was worried because it was overcast earlier in the evening but eventually cleared and I was able to photograph the Christmas Eve Full Moon. For some strange reason it seemed like something I wanted or had to do. I do not know why! The next chance will be in 2034, so I will probably miss that one!
I always look at a full moon and say, I have to photograph the full moon. But usually something comes up that stops me from doing just that. This time I persisted and did a quick few shots. I used a Canon 1D MkIV with the Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens with a Canon 1.4 Series III teleconverter, which give an effective focal length of 728mm @ f/5.6 between 1.3X crop camera body and the 1.4X teleconverter. I used manual exposure and used an exposure of 1/500 sec @ f/8, ISO 400. I underexposed just a little and brought it up in photoshop to hold details. I wanted to use f/11 or f/16, but I was handholding the camera and wanted a fast shutter speed for a crisper image. This post came about because it will be a full moon on Dec 17 and I started thinking I have to try again with a longer lens and try to do better this time and bring a tripod. Give it a try.