Thursday, June 19, 2008

Man in the Moon



Fledgling amateur that I am, I have a hard time capturing a decent photo of the moon. But I do adore the moon! It comforts me somehow, like a big granddaddy in the sky watching over me.

A few nights ago my husband and I arrived back into town from a fatiguing weekend of 'parent care.' A gigantic orange moon - with a very visible smiling man of craters on it - had just lifted from the Cascade Mountain Range to greet us. The weatherman said it was closer to the Earth because of solstice, mid-summer, thus the up-close and personal viewing, and dark coloration. The 'why's' don't concern me; I am just glad to have been outdoors, available to see the sight. I hope you were able to get a good summer solstice moon viewing, too!

(I had my camera on a different setting for the second photo so the orange is washed out. Like I said, I don't know what I'm doing - but I try. ;)

"In the east a shaded moon is hanging lazily, I do believe I saw the old man smile. I do believe I did. I do believe that he's been laughing all the while." ~~ John Denver

23 comments:

Rose said...

I keep trying to capture the moon also...I really like the last one in the series.

Daniel J Santos said...

great pictures, great sky watch.

Dewdrop said...

Glad I could help you out with the info about the moon. Great shots! Just keep doing it... That's the greatest thing about photography, great OJT.

Carla said...

These are wonderful! I've never been able to get a good photo of the moon.

Powell River Books said...

I love your moon shots. I tried some of my own about a week ago. In addition I tried some shots through the lens of my husband's telescope It was great fun. If you come to my blog you can seem the pictures by scrolling down. For today's post I chose a solar halo for my contribution. I invite you to come see. -- Margy

fishing guy said...

Cherie: I know that problem with the moon and you did a nice job with your SWF photos.

tshsmom said...

Oh, I'm soooo jealous! I've NEVER been able to capture an orange moon on any camera.

granmal said...

Great moon shots.

Tammy said...

I love the moon too. I've tried several times this week with it being "full" but the photos turned out terrible. Oh well.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Thank you for being a part of Sky Watch this week, your post and comments are much appreciated.
Tom ;O)

Great moon pictures..

SandyCarlson said...

Cherie,
You do well with your camera. To even take the initiative to get the shots after a tiring weekend is commendable! But these are good, and they deliver a moon I didn't take the time to see otherwise. So thank very, very much!

Louis la Vache said...

Indeed, the moon shots (or any night photography) can be difficult. "Louis" thanks you for your kind comments about his dance between the moon and the fog at midnight. What "Louis" wasn't able to capture in his shot was how the wind was making the fog swirl around the moon. He also wasn't able to capture just how the wind made the thicker fog over the racetrack billow like smoke in a raging fire. What "Louis" saw from his balcony was a powerful image. What "Louis" captured on film was a timid imitation of the real thing. "Louis" is hampered by not having a more sophisticated camera/lens setup and more importantly for night shots, a tripod. Camera shake is the enemy of low light exposures.

You've posted a fine Sky Watch! Keep 'em coming!

Sherry said...

Very nice photos. Great capture of an orange moon!

Cherie said...

Thanks everyone for the encouragement! Glad the orange moon was pleasing in a photograph - it was much better with my own eyes of course, but hey, whatcha gonna do.

Tshs: Keep trying! ;)

Dina said...

Cherie, these moons are gorgeous!
Especially dramatic is the one with lines.
So you tried different settings? Good for you. I don't even know what most of the camera buttons are for. hehe
I was out walking near the spring when that same moon rose. Would you believe, it looked so much like a man in the moon that I started talking to him. LOL But only the jackals answered.
So glad your mom is getting better. Take care of yourself, too.

esnorway said...

great moon pics

Luiz Ramos said...

Thanks for visiting and comment. I am glad to meet all you on Web.
You are Stars on my Weekly Sky.
Luiz Ramos
Rio de Janeiro, June 21, 2008

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Lovwely moon shots! You're going fine!

Pearl Maple said...

Great photos of the moon, it is hard to capture a good image but you did very well.
Thank you for adding to Sky Watch Friday.

Mike S said...

Super shots! Doesn't seem to be in my genes to be able to do nearly as well, but I keep trying. After seeing my disappointing shots, I can always come here and enjoy yours:):)

Mike S said...

Super shots! Doesn't seem to be in my genes to be able to do nearly as well, but I keep trying. After seeing my disappointing shots, I can always come here and enjoy yours:):)

Sandy's Notes said...

I like that last one Cherie. Maybe you don't know what your doing, but that one is a winner for me!

Cherie said...

Thanks, again, all you who commented after my last 'thank you'. You make me feel quite good!