The Sliver Moon Shot

Posted by on December 23, 2011

From time to time (roughly every 28 days, in fact) you’ll see us talking about an opportunity to shoot a “sliver moon.” For those who don’t know what that means, it’s when there’s just the tiniest bit of moon illuminated. Here are some examples:

New Moon Hiding From Venus - November, 2011

Curt Warwick

Oh, there you are...

Jon Beard

So now that you know what you’re looking for, how do you know when and where to look? Easy! Use TimeAndDate.com. Here’s the link to the Moon info in Roanoke: http://timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?obj=moon&n=881 Look for the “Columns” selection and change that to “all columns” and click on Show. You should see a list of every day in the month followed by a bunch of useful info. Right now you’re looking for the day that has the lowest amount of illumination (usually around 1% to 4%) with the moonset time being *after* sunset (in my experience, you’ll want about 45 minutes to an hour of time in between the two for the best shot of seeing it.) If you want to know exactly where it’ll set, you can check the Moonrise Azimuth column, but just look toward the sunset and you should see it.

That’s pretty much it! The rest is left up to your artistic vision and technical prowess. And if you need help finding an interesting place to shoot from, why not check out some of the Location Suggestions made by area photographers? (And suggest some of your own while you’re there!)

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