Shoot for the Moon…(photos)

Several weeks ago, I blogged about the “Supermoon” and that I planned on getting some awesome photos that night. But as weather would have it, not only did I fail at getting those photos, I did not even get to see the giant full moon. Central Iowa was covered by thick clouds that night and for several nights after that. I was very disappointed.
The following photos were taken one week ago on April 16 which was during the next lunar cycle. I figured the moon was just one size smaller than the “Supermoon” and would only continue getting smaller, so I’d give it a try. The thing was, the moon was not fully-full. It was the night before the full moon, but I didn’t want to miss my chance on the possibility that it could be too cloudy the next night (and it was). It’s not like I was going for prize-winners here–this was a learning experience for me.
So when I got home that night (around 9:30 probably) I bundled up a little more (because it had been a very cold spring day–most of which I spent sitting at my garage sale. brrrr!),
grabbed my tripod,
swapped in my telephoto lens,
and pocketed notes on camera settings for lunar photos (taken when I first blogged about photographing “Supermoon”).
I set up my tripod on the side of our dead-end gravel road and said my prayers that Derrick would see me when he came home in the other car.
I experimented with a few different shutter speeds and compositions. Since it was a clear night, I wasn’t able to try composing the moon with clouds, but that’s ok. Have a look:
You can see to the bottom left of the moon where it was not completely full. However, I think I can actually see more definition of the landscape there–neat.
200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/125 | F/11


200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/125 | F/11





200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/160 | F/11




200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/100 | F/11

  It was so peaceful…but it was cold.



200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/80 | F/11

 So I didn’t stay out more than 10-15 minutes.



200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/200 | F/11



 Goodnight Moon.



200 mm | Shutter Speed 1/125 | F/11




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