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Moonlight Madness! December 13, 2011

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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This time of year, there’s virtually no daylight outside of my work-day; I drive out in the dark, and by the time I pick up my mail on the way home the sun is setting.

Kinda sucks as a photographer’s life goes.

But hey, if it’s a lemon tree, we New Englanders do know what to do with it!

…Snap away in the dark.  I can handle it.  😉

Here are a few sky shots I took these past few days, bracketing my workday with a bit of finger-numbing recreation (it’s been cold  here!)

Here’s an eastward view from high Shelburne, after sunset but a bit short of moonrise; Her Highness is announcing Her entrance with a flourish of fire:

I wouldn’t have chosen the contrail if it were up to me, but it wasn’t, and in retrospect it adds an interesting geometric element to balance the descending horizon.

Funny how those things work out.

Here’s one of the moon just cracking the Earth-Sky egg:

And then, at last, Her glorious entrance into the Land of the Living:

This last shot has a different feel than the previous two; the sheer candlepower of La Luna didn’t lend itself to bringing up the colors as I did with the others.  Let me know what you think of the differences.

And lastly, no night would be complete without morning.  So here’s a morning shot looking westward from my current road job, of the waning moon chasing a firey Earth-shadow to ground over the Taconic Range which separates Massachusetts from New York:

We’re heading into the depths of the Dink and the Dank of winter, with a surfeit of dark and a dearth of daylight, so bear with me as I try to milk the night for something worth passing along to any of you who have come to expect a bit more from me.  If I ever get my act together and delve into Actual Night-time Photography, this time of year will require less apologies.  But for now, I hope this suffices.

Thanks to Ollie for these shots, mostly shot at 24mm, though I kept my compositional options open with that lens choice.

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1. Bob - December 13, 2011

In order, wow, wow, wow, and wow!

2. Bob - December 13, 2011

Especially the first one. No offense to the moon, of course.

3. eileen - December 13, 2011

Talk about liquid sky. I’ve read of a place in PA for stargazing. My husband was a fanatic in high school years watching the sky over Holbrook, Mass. His knowledge impressed the hell out of me. I’m hoping over Christmas break we can go to this place in PA – http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/cherrysprings/index.htm

I hope we get to go. I would love to see something like this.

Until then, keep sending more photos… have a nice holiday with your family.

4. Randal Graves - December 14, 2011

What are those weird little dots of white? I’ve never seen such a thing before.

5. littlebangtheory - December 14, 2011

Cuz, thanks. I too favor the first shot, for its density, for the midnight blue sky. Some shots are easier to balance in PS than others, and the latter ones lost in gravity what they gained in light.

The second shot had a sort-of serendipitous symmetry, the third an emotional honesty and the last a Phoenix-like hopefulness as the moon crashed at sunrise.

This series tickled me. It seems there’s more here than meets the eye, probably because these images represent a whole host of other images I’ve taken over the years and never before gotten this far with. I’m not “there” yet, but these make me feel like I’m “getting it.”

eileen, dark skies are the ticket for stargazing, and we have a bit of that here. As for Hubby, there’s nothing hotter than a big brain. 😉

Randal, I think that’s some kinda dust on my lens. I’ll take care of that in the morning, if I remember…

6. susan - December 15, 2011

I like the ones where you pushed the sky color but that last shot with the deepening natural purples is very beautiful. The ribbon of golden clouds that stretch out the moon is an amazing capture.

7. littlebangtheory - December 15, 2011

Thanks susan, I like that one as well.


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