November 13 & 14, 2016
Seems all moon rises are great, especially a full moon, and maybe it’s just me, but my views of the Supermoon rising just don’t look very huge. Plus I’m such a novice at taking night photographs. I keep trying because practice makes better. So… I read about camera settings. I checked out this really cool site, the Photographer’s Ephemeris, which shows exactly which direction all the moon and sun rises and sets are for whatever location I want. Of course I did forget to take vegetation in consideration. And then there’s the 4200+ foot (1280 m) Bradshaw Mountains to the east making for a higher horizon line than shows on my Google Sky phone app. But all in all… I took 100s of photos and got a few that aren’t too bad. Like I said, practice makes better.
I kept checking the app, looking at the moon below the horizon, and trying to guess its trajectory to set up foreground. Hoped it was a hillside. Then I waited. No hillside. Still I waited. I waited about 20 minutes beyond the predicted moon rise. And got trees.
The following night I drove to the nearby post office with a large and safe parking lot and a better open view of the mountains. Very quiet place. This is ranch country and I love to see the windmills.
Unfortunately I couldn’t line it up with moon rise. So I focused on the nearest hilltops instead. And waited. Sunset was soft due to lack of clouds. Venus and Mars glowed bright. I’m not very good at waiting.
Eventually a light glow appeared and I snapped off a lot of fuzzy pics of that. Suddenly the moon crested the hilltop and my camera settings were entirely wrong so all that can be seen in photos is a glowing white blob. By the time I made adjustments the moon was clearly visible. Surprising how quickly it rises.
A night light on the building behind me cast an interesting shadow and caught me in the act.
Linked to Skywatch Friday
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