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A Tale of Four Moons
Friday 17 August 2012   —   Category: Shooting
This is a tale of four moons.

Earlier this week, on Monday, when I was getting reading to go on my first Local Ramble, I was eating breakfast around 5:30. I looked out the window and saw Venus and the moon hanging low over the neighbor’s house. After exclaiming a long, jaw-dropping “Wow!”, I grabbed my camera equipment which was already stacked by the front door, and headed out the BACK door to take some shots. That was a great start for a photographic outing!

As you can see from the proportions in this photo, something is not “right.” After taking a normal shot, I took a close-up of just the moon and Venus, which I later composited together into the image you see here, which you can click on to view larger.

Realizing that the moon would still be near Venus the next morning, Tuesday, with the moon hanging even lower, I got up early especially to get some more shots. As before, after taking a normal photo, I took some close-up shots of the moon and Venus. But this time I did things a bit differently: rather than taking a picture of Venus and the moon together in the same shot as I had done the day before, I zoomed in even closer and took individual photos of these two heavenly bodies.

The result, as you can see in the photo to the left, is a much larger moon and Venus in the composite photo. As usual, you can click on the photo to view a larger version.

Well, I was on a roll, so the next morning, Wednesday, I was up at the crack of dawn once again to see what kind of images I could capture.

This time around, the moon was so far from Venus that it wasn’t going to make a nice shot to have them both in the same photo. The composition I had used the previous two mornings, with the neighbor’s house, just didn’t look very good in this situation. So I made some adjustments, as you can see in the photo below.

As on the previous morning, first I took a normal picture, then I took a photo of the moon at the maximum focal length of my 100-​300​mm telephoto zoom (200-​600​mm equivalence). Once back at the computer, I composited the two photos together.

Click on this photo to see a larger version. Do you notice the jagged inner arc of the moon, especially in the lower part? That’s due to the shadows of craters on the moon, which have a greater depth than the actual surface. I’m pretty thrilled to have such detail in my moon photos!

But isn’t this “a tale of FOUR moons“? Seeing that there are no more photos, what about the fourth moon? Well, I got up early again the next morning, Thursday, and waited an hour for the moon to appear, but never saw it. Finally the sun rose, and I gave up. It should have been low in the sky shortly before sunrise, but maybe it was too dim to see, being that close to the sun. Or, there was a bit of a haze in the east — perhaps due to fires in eastern Oregon?

I don’t know, but for whatever reason, I didn’t get any photos of the moon that morning. But at least I did get some nice shots the three previous mornings. Thus ends my tale of four moons.
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