Super Moon

24 Jun

The difference a year makes.

By Silver Blue

The Super Moon, shot May 6, 2012.

Shot May 6, 2012.

Shot May 6, 2012.

I was learning how to do nighttime photography, and there were several hours of post production done in order to bring out the craters on the moon from the slightly blurry photo taken with a 1300mm manual focus lens.

Shot June 23, 2013.

Shot June 23, 2013.

This photo had 3 minutes of post processing performed on it — because it was shot in RAW format, and needed to be converted to JPG format. This photo was taken with the same camera (Canon Rebel T3i) and the same 1300mm manual focus lens.

The 2012 photo also had the moon “moved” to center it in the frame, whereas the 2013 photo did not have the moon moved.

I find it interesting that the time of the camera shot (2012, 10:13pm EST; 2013, 10:43pm EST) as well as the fact that the “Super Moon” appeared 1 month, 17 days later shows the rotation of the impact craters on the moon.

Silver Blue, who agrees…one small step for man…

 

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07 May

Look, up in the sky!

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No….it’s Super Moon!

It…doesn’t look so super does it? Maybe some music?

By the light of the silvery moon…
And the sun’s turned off.
When the moon is high,
And the sun’s turned off.

[“That’s one small step for man,
one giant leap for mankind”
]

Sous les nuages de la nuit (Under the clouds of the night,)
je marche vers la clairière. (I walk towards the clearing.)
D’un éclat argenté je la vois, (In a silver burst, I see her,)
la lune. (the moon.)

Elle porte les voiles de l’éternité, (She wears the veils of eternity,)
son auréole embrasse les étoiles, ma lune. (her halo embraces the stars, my moon.)

(Sarah Brightman, “La Lune”)

Come on, Moon. Don’t be shy.

May 5, 2012 brought the perigee of the Moon – the time when it is full, and at its closest orbit to the earth…a phenomenon known as the “Super Moon” – it looks larger and brighter than normal.

The super moon doesn’t always happen at the same time each year. The last one occurred in March, 2011.

So, since it was rainy and cloud covered on Saturday, I missed the super moon. 🙁 But… last night, the night after, the clouds broke for 8 minutes between 10:23 and 10:31. Sure, the moon was no longer Full, but Waning Gibbous. It didn’t matter. I wanted to try for the photo I’d been dreaming of. Doing my best, with a 600-1300mm lens, I snapped and snapped, and PRAYED I had the manual focus set right.

Each photo came in clearer… until…

MY MOON!!!!! My SUPER MOON!!!!! I had my shot! Moments later, clouds covered the moon; however, my photo had been achieved. I was able to head back indoors, put the tripod and telephoto lens away, and go to bed, knowing that one more thing on my bucket list had been crossed off.

[audio:http://eyesofsilverblue.com/sb-ll.mp3]

Silver Blue, who remembers on April 9, when I first took an intense interest in photographing the moon…and how far I’ve come in such a short time.

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