Supermoon Hide and Seek
Monday 14 July 2014 — Category: Shooting
Two mornings ago I got some nice shots of the setting supermoon while on my daily neighborhood walk, as I recounted in Super Sunset and Supermoon Set. So when I went for a walk yesterday morning, I had no intentions of taking any more moon photos. After all, I had already been there and done that, right?
Even though I went on my early-morning walk a bit later yesterday than the day before, the large setting moon was still higher in the sky than on the previous day. As I started to make my way through the neighborhood, I had a burgeoning fancy that the moon was in the mood for a bit of fun, so I decided to play a game with him.
Sometimes it was not possible for me to position myself where I needed to be in order to line up the moon with the foreground object. Other times I was able to make the alignment, only to find a large tree blocking the moon. But even with these challenges, or perhaps because of them, I was greatly enjoying this game of photographic hide and seek with the moon!
With this engaging activity to amuse me, time flew by and before I knew it I was back home. By this point the moon was much lower and behind some clouds, so the game was over anyway.
When I looked at my shots on the computer, I found that I had taken 26 photos, exactly half of which were good enough to be used for this project. Adding the two moon pictures I had taken the day before brought the total for the resulting Supermoon Hide & Seek 2014 album up to 15.
Because the muted early-morning colors were not important to the overall quality of the images, I decided to render this entire album in black and white. In fact, I think that monochrome suites these photos well and that they are more striking than the original color versions. I’m quite pleased with how they turned out, and I think this collection is already one of my favorite albums.
In closing, I have to say that I was also quite pleased with the performance of my Fujifilm FinePix F900EXR pocket camera. In the low-light environment of dawn, image noise was not really a problem at all. Of course, shooting RAW makes all the difference in the world! And even though I have had some focusing problems in the past, I was consistently able to have the camera focus on the moon rather than on the foreground objects, as you can see in the album photos. Well done, good and faithful little camera!
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