Photographer Captures Stunning Footage of Silhouettes in Front of a Rising Moon

This is probably the most beautiful video you’ll see today, this week, and perhaps even this year. Titled “Full Moon Silhouettes,” it’s a real-time video captured by photographer Mark Gee at Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand. Gee writes,

People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising. I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.

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.

If you liked this one, also be sure to check out this video we featured earlier this month of a man slacklining in front of the moon.

Thanks for sending in the tip, Sam!

  • Gabriel Constantin

    Would have waited for an edited version, but sweet footage!

  • Joey Duncan

    Pretty awesome.

  • Nikki Comma

    How gorgeous.

  • Tommy Sar

    Absolutely stunning.

  • KH

    Although photographs would have been beautiful, this really tells so much more. Such a long and short moment all in one. To watch the people come together while such a fantastic scene unfolds really made this for me. Thanks for doing this.

  • Mick Orlosky

    The video is as it came off the memory card! It’s cool he had the piano and strings behind him while he took the video then. Would like to see a BTS of that! No but really, nice project. I can turn down my sound.

  • Daniel Thomassin

    magique !

  • Mike Panic

    It’s a great video, maybe the best I’ll see today or this week, def not the best of the year, that’s going a bit far.

  • Jeff Foster

    simply stunning

  • Samcornwell

    Did anyone else spot that the Moon is upside-down? Well, it is to us Northern hemisphere residents.

  • John

    Brilliant and beautiful! Great Job!

  • WilsonM

    How come a 2x extender with a 500mm makes 1300mm?

  • TedRysz3

    The footage is beautiful. Does anyone know what the music for this is?

  • Benny K.

    the MK IV is a 1.3X crop sensor. 100×1.3=1300

  • Tandy Freeman

    The 1D Mark IV is has an APS-H crop sensor (1.3x). A 500mm lens has an equivalent FOV of 650mm on that cam, multiply by 2 and you get 1300mm. If he’d used an aps-c sensor, it would have been a 1600mm!

  • Benny K.

    oops 1000×1.3=1300

  • Samcornwell

    In fact, because he was shooting in video mode, the frame is cropped even more. So (and I’m not sure what) it would be even further than 1300mm equivalent.

  • Tandy Freeman

    I don’t think that video mode changes the field of view though (I know it doesn’t on the aps-c canons). It does for the 1dc when shooting 4k as far as I know, but when shooting in 1080p on a 1dmarkIV, i don’t think the actual focal length (or the equiv) would change because of video mode…

  • fred mach

    two thumbs up… especially the 1D MKV1 plus the lens

  • lifewithkaishon

    Absolutely incredible. WOW!

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  • Jackson Cheese

    Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand

  • mr.nobody

    Great and Amazing