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Super Moon, 2012. Taken at ChinaMan's Hat, Oahu, Hawaii, 2 hours ago.

Lots of people have been posting about tonight's Perigee "Super moon" -- the largest and brightest moon of 2012. I had a vague idea that I wanted to shoot it as well when +Nicole S. Young reminded me of it with her post today... Then I forgot and got lost in shooting other things.

I had driven out to Kualoa Park and was shooting some in the opposite direction of the Super Moon when I noticed a gang of photographers assembling off in the distance. Several asked me if I was part of the "ISO club" ... I guess it's a local Hawaii photography group. "Oh yah! The Super Moon, I thought." But I kept shooting in the opposite direction, because I wasn't seeing any moon, let a lone a Super one.

While I was off minding my non-moon business, suddenly I heard a small cheer from a group of locals partying on the beach. The moon had just peaked its head above the water and clouds. I immediately realized I was in the worst position, far, far away from being in a place to get anything interesting. I started huffing over towards a spot on the beach where I could get a good angle of the moon as it rose next to a famous rock formation here called Chinaman's Hat.

Eventually I got into a position I liked and though I did capture a few more "standard" moon shots, this is the one I chose to share. By the time I took this shot, the entire photography club had gone home. I thought I was so smart because I'd waited it out and got this unique shot of the moon lighting up the entire sky behind the clouds! But I didn't feel so smart when I tried to leave the park 20 minutes later and found the gates locked.

I have a Jeep and I started looking for ways to 4x4 it out of there, but there were rock walls and huge barriers in every direction. Then I thought of calling some local police buddies I have... Then I thought I was going to be camping there all night! Hahaha.. Eventually I met some other locals who got stuck inside the park as well. Turns out I wasn't the only one who had been too busy paying attention to the moon to notice closing time! They had already contacted someone who came and let us all out. Phew! I was already feeling hungry!

Funny, last time I "disappeared" from the Interwebz for awhile, my return was precipitated by the desire to shoot and share the Lunar Eclipse that happened in December (http://bit.ly/ICGD9W ). Likewise, I guess tonight's "super moon" marks my return. I decided to go for a little isolation this week, and hadn't been online much. As you can figure out from this post, I'm in Hawaii and have been enjoying some solitude and lots of photography, but not posting about it on Google+ . I think I'll start posting again, now. :-) Hello G+!
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que capo, a este Tom Anderson lo tengo en myspace hace años .
Hola Anderson
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Hey +Tom Anderson ! welcome back. Stuning night shot. You are indeed a source of inspiration so please keep them coming! ;-)
 
Much more interesting shot than just the moon :)
 
+Tony Wang thx! my actual moon shots (where it is clearly exposed) were pretty dull. I'm going to try and figure out how to get that "massive" moon shot that you see sometimes... :)
 
i hope someone did a time lapse of the super moon strick tonight
 
thanks +Tania Ferreira :) +Mike Broderick I shot about 7 or 8 photos in a row at 30 second exposures.. I noticed as I moved through them it looked like a time lapse.. I was considering making a tiny GIF out of them.. I've gotta learn how to do that time lapse thing :)
 
ОБИЧАМ ПРИРОДАТА И ТОВА ОБЯСНЯВА ЛУБОВТА МИ КЪМ КРАСИВИТЕ ФОТОСИ !!БЛАГОДАРЯ ВИ !!
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Tom, you should combine it with a similar video and make it into a cinema-graph as well. :-)
 
I loved your story. I've been to Hawaii many times sooo relaxing and it's good to unplug... and your image is beautiful! Makes me want to revisit my files... but which hard drive is it on????
 
+Tom Anderson This video is real time of the moon from February with my Canon T3i and my telescope. But It was so overcast tonight I never saw the moon.
 
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+Mike Broderick I actually am walking down to Waikiki to see if I can shoot surfers riding by moonlight... will check it when I get back on a desktop :-)
 
Welcome back +Tom Anderson !!! You've been missed, hmmm you and the moon seem to have a special bond...she knows when to call you back in a 'super' way. I had to laugh...out loud...at "I thought I was so smart until...". That is quite a shot looks almost like a sunrise!
 
I forgot to say I stalled my car and had nearly 2 car accidents when I went for a drive...the sun was still going down and the moon was so big and bright I couldn't take my eyes off it...hmmm lucky I survived lol
 
+Tom Anderson Cool thanks!! I'll check out your shots when wake up Sunday... :-) If you can try doing a long exposure of the ocean waves on the shore lit by the moon. Make the water silky. Have FUN be safe!!
 
jaws dropped this is just outstanding...the clouds seem to be running...how did you get this shot??
 
Amazing! its more looking like sunrise.
 
totally amazing. i love the sillohuette of the mountain in the middle of the running clouds...... Shows just how beautiful nature is at its fullest.
 
what do you think abt ths pic nisha
 
Its mind blowing. Great work !
 
Superb tom, nice be continue your duties, best of luck
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Wow Tom, this is amazing.
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that look really nice i wish i was there to see that in person
 
that you've messed up the photo I'm really sorry
 
Yep, my daughter insisted on photographing it, too.
 
woooh its too coo one. . .without d fan or cooler in sumer it wil b d best place while d resting time @:-p
 
Aren't you the same Tom Anderson who's everyone's first 'friend' on Facebook? Are you a real person? That profile pic must be years old.
 
+J George why no, I'm not him. I'm the one who's everyones first friend on MySpace. My pic is only 12 years old.
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amazing..thank u..mr. anderson
 
looks like it would be a puzzle...
 
You know some photographers are just too snobby. I came across a group also once and had the same result as you did according to your post. I like your pic, super moon, you seen the moon once, it still looks the same as a million years ago. Your pic has more to offer than just a moon. Nice job and way to hang in there.
 
Tom or whoever is impersonating him, go back to my_space, no one needs your sorry ass in here. attention whore.
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so nice .
 
wow what a senary tom form where u got this
 
Very nice pic and it came with excitement and a story. That's the best kind.
 
wow that such a good picture
 
wow...... what a scene.... it's mesmerizing i would guess specially to the one who took picture of it..
 
wow great picture i love how all the colors sotov blend together making it hav a soft look:)
 
Amazing.....seriously it is a spectacular and stunning shot! it is a fabulous way of capturing this once in a lifetime astronomical event.
 
cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
That's pretty amazing. What else is amazing is seeing Tom Anderson on Google+.
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Welcome back Tom. Great shot!
 
nice it give you the message that there will be light after darkness
 
omg!!!! Once in a lifetime pic. Can never be captured again. Absolutely beautiful....
 
hi Meri Torres...pl add me ..I am from India
 
beautiful, I've always wanted to visit Hawaii
 
Great story but gobsmacking photo!
 
I wanted to see it but the CLOUDS!!!!!!!! Oh well, I'll just have to look forward to some other galactic phenomena. Great shot and I sure wish my wife and I were in Hawaii. Looks beautiful. 
 
haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
a wonderful picture. i love pictures that "be something, but they have a symbol of love and charishment" another fave quoteeeee
 
wow thats just amazing
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that looks great. Now if only our super moon hadn't been hidden by trees.
 
wow...really awesome...i wonder how do i will came thre in your place...thats so beautiful....
 
Thank you for sharing, it is amazing! +Tom Anderson what time was this taken?
 
I loved China Man's Hat. The water was beautiful as all as all the open fields to laydown on. This is a great picture!!! Brings back memories.
 
HI Tom! I thought you're only on myspace! ^_^
 
That looks so cool. I have never seen something so beautiful. I really like it. Wow...I can't get over the fact that I really like it mostly because of the clouds and how they look that they are smeared in the sky, but yet are puffy and the colors are so contraverse which makes them go together perfectly.
 
i live on the beach in s fl and you got me trumped wish i was in oahu
 
i live near a beach in fl!!!!!!!!!
 
I am glad I got to see this pic. Thank you for sharing.
 
it simply look surreal.. super nice. can i have the pic as my wallpaper? hehhe
 
Fun fun fun i use to live on oahu...memories
 
oops. ... gotta squeezing climate. . . .
 
wowww,,,,beautifull,,,,
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Wow! Love it! Sometimes this is all that we have to depend on!
 
the super moon was last night....... -_-
 
Awesome! And not the typical moon shot... Thanks for posting something unique :) 
 
thats a really awesome shot,almost like a painting with the hues in the sky((**
 
I was going to go out and do a timelapse of the 'super' moon and the new york syline, but it was way to cloundy. :(
 
scary. It makes us look so insignificant and vulnerable.
 
beyond my imagination. wish i was there..... :(
 
beautiful picture...............
 
looks like a tornadoe but its still cool
 
This is so beautiful...it truly looks like it should be on the cover a magazine showing lots of different shots provided of the moon last night!! Great job and can't wait to see more!!!
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Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
 
I really do like that it is amazing maybe someday I will see it in person
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cool man.......u r just awesum.........
 
Oh Whats a wonderful creation by ALLAH...
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amazing
 
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Great stuff, +Tom Anderson! It's nice to see unique perspectives, since so many of the moon photos can be very similar.
 
an amazing, brilliant capture here of nature!!
 
I don't get this type of photography. It looks like a cartoon vs a photograph. Also nice +Tom Anderson you are hanging out in Hawaii after wrecking myspace. Glad it all worked out for you.
 
we should really appreciate of what nature offers us!
 
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It makes you stop for a moment and think . We live on a beautiful planet
 
I'm so lazy I fell asleep before the super moon came out
 
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Thanks for that Tom. I live in the U K and the cloud cover is intense. No chance of seeing a thing.
 
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When I kayaked there 12 years ago it sure didn't look like that. Awesome work Tom, thanks for taking the time to dial this one in! 
 
Dc is beautifull damn dc is....wow i jst luvit. 
 
+Tom Anderson Just reading your stories, it's very calming and inspiring. Keep the awesome posts coming.
I think you should go to Ireland (one of my TO-VISIT places) someday, with amazing landscapes. I'd love to see what stories you'll come up from there.
I've read about some of the interesting places there like Adare, Ardara, Cliffs of Moher.
 
getting this shot was well worth the adventure of trying to get out of there. great story, and welcome back! :)
 
new horizon...beautiful...
 
Wow, this is an amazing shot. Thanks for sharing!
 
nice photo but incidence behind it, is much interesting:):)
 
Haha ! I waited for hours for the super moon but we were in a valley and couldn't see. Glad you and others shared your post since we missed it :(
 
It was my birthday, I missed it.its lovely.
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Beautiful shot
 
Welcome back! Great shot. I have been locked in a few times with my son Alex. We just hike to the caretakers house and wait for him to finish his dinner :-)
 
Really Tom you are really a cool photoshop editor
 
Awsome shot, somtimes you have to disappear.
 
i ant to see this place in reallty
 
The mystery of the nature always appeals to us.
 
Tom can stop being good at things now! you've made your $$   =P jk beautiful I just got back from Oahu!
 
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Nice to see Tom has switched from Myspace to G+!
 
wow!  That is amazing!  Thanks for sharing
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