I tried to capture what it really looked like with the camera, but that was just impossible because of the two different exposures needed to catch the entire scene.
So what I’ve done is a composite image of two images:
Using a Canon 70D camera with an 18-400mm lens on a tripod I did two different exposure settings with the Moon in the same position in the image. I took one image with a 2 second exposure, ISO 500 and lens set at 89mm. Then I took the second image at a shorter exposure of 1/30th second with ISO 160 and lens set at 89mm.
Both images were then opened in Photoshop; with the brighter image of the Moon I selected just the lunar disc then copied and pasted it into the longer exposure image.
I had to play around with it a bit…but I’m quite happy with the result :-)
For the beautiful ‘Golden Moon’ image I used the same camera setup and zoomed the lens to 400mm, the ISO 160 and 1/30th second exposure @f7.
The golden colour is due to aerosols in the earth’s atmosphere low on the horizon and you’ll also notice that the Moon is a little misshaped (squashed) also due to that atmospheric condition.