Mark Gee’s Full Moon Silhouettes

Video Credit & Copyright: Mark Gee

Video Credit & Copyright: Mark Gee

This is an amazing video of a full moon rise over Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. On January 28, 2013, after many previous failed attempts at videotaping a full moonrise, Mark Gee finally placed his camera about 2.1km away on the other side of the city and waited for the full moon to rise. What he caught using the video capability of his Canon 1D MK4 is a beautifully simple example of silhouette photography with the people on Mount Victoria Lookout in silhouette against the moon.

Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

This is not a time lapse and, as the moon makes its rise, you can actually see a couple calmly walking into the scene. Then, as the moon rises higher, it reveals other people who had been there all along waiting for the spectacle to start. Though the accompanying music is beautiful, I actually turned it off and enjoyed the show “au naturel.”

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.

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