Many Moons Ago....
It's difficult to resist those moons, and even more difficult to predict the exact where and when. Here's a few, mostly taken with my S9600. I was going to add the camera settings, but I lost the will to live after noting down the first few, and scrubbed that idea!
I'd noticed this moon rising here the night before, so I was in place and ready next night when it rose over the town of Camborne in Cornwall. I had spotted a cornfield, and planned to try a shot using my car headlights...
I had a very happy hour, trying this and that, until it was time to go. To say the battery was dead would be to exaggerate. The word Dodo sprang to mind. Here I was, parked just off the road, too far to walk home, and nearly pitch dark at 10.45 p.m. Opposite was a lay-by, with a traveller's van parked up. There was nothing for it but to tap on his door...er, excuse me, but.....! A weather-beaten, snaggly-toothed knight-in-shining-armour appeared, looking rather surprised. Well we tried jump leads, using the light from his mobile phone, but no result. In the end, I climbed up into his van-home and he delivered me to my house about four miles away. The song "If my friends could see me now..." came into my head as we trundled along!
I spotted this scene on a misty evening as the full moon was rising. Parked up and laid against the hedge with my tripod. Traffic passing by, but I expect they thought I was a drunk!
I rahter like the colours in this one. The building is known as Carn Brea Castle, and nowadays is a restaurant. I was waiting for the moon to come up, and when the lights came on in the castle this was a great bonus. Unfortunately the moon rose a little too far over to the right to get both "it" and the lights of Redruth town in the shot, so I've picked the moon up with the cloning tool and moved it left, towards the castle.
Who can resist getting the camera out when they look through the window and see a sight like this....
It's difficult to get both moon and trees sharp...
Tried a bit of flash here.
I would have liked to have had a little more detail in the moon in this one. Just a little, it's almost there. Can you sense the clouds scudding swiftly across the moon?
Here I am in the back garden. It's too bright, but it's fun trying.
Another night, and I position the moon behind a tree. I put the camera on a tripod, and set the camera manually to it's longest shutter speed of 30 secs. Then I wave a torch around, like a mad thing. (Nice patch of tulips).
I'd been on the beach photographing the sunset, and saw this very large crescent moon hanging over St. Ives. It was September, the time of large "harvest moons".
The last dog-walkers had left the beach. I'm sure they were thinking, "whatever's that woman doing with a camera in the dark". I was after the reflection of the moon on the wet sand.
There's an ancient burial cyst in West Cornwall that's often photographed. I was planning to wait for the full moon to come up behind it, but got there early enough to catch the sunset reflecting off the clouds.
The last colour left the sky. If you've watched the warm sun set and the sky gradually darken, the place doesn't seem as spooky as it might do if you arrived in the dark....
The air and the grass is getting damp with the dew now. I'm waiting for the full moon to appear on the horizon....
...and here it is - much smaller than I'd imagined it would be!
I try a shot with flash, but it's much too strong. Quite a nice effect though.
Twiggy's decided to stand right inside the burial cyst. I'm not superstitious, but I draw the line at that. It's very lonely here!
Now, this is what I came to do. Tripod up, 4 sec. exposure on f8, and painting the granite stones with powerful torch I brought with me.
Here's another one. There are two farmhouses I can see in the distance. They're either thinking, "It's full moon so the piskies are out dancing", or they're thinking "There's another of those crazy photographers again."
Leaving Lanyon Quoit burial cyst, I decide to drive home via St. Michael's Mount near Penzance. The full moon is behind the island - just right - but by now the sky is too dark and the contrast too great. I've noted the date though, and it's coming up to a full year soon, so I plan to go back again at the nearest full moon date. (Bet I forget).
I'm sorry to do this, but having now got the HS 10 it wouldn't be a moon blog without.....
...an HS 10 moon!
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