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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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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 18:39
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Your nutty as fruit cake, a lot worse than me, but, you take better photo's so there's an excuse for it. I like the way you put a lot ta lot of effort into taking shots, always planning what you can take next,  a real love of your subject, and it shows, my favourite is the one over St Michael's Mount, and the Harvest moon and the.....thanks for posting

Liked.

Twiggy I could see was the Director in these shoots(Wink)

 

 

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 18:34
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Some truly lovely shots here Jacquie. I be well impressed and inspired. That torch idea looks like fun. You're good!

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:12
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That's brilliant, great photos and a nice friendly narrative. (Not sure about "nutty as fruit cake" I think Lunatic is more appropriate! LOL)

Alan - Parky54

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:16
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Yep, the girl is good !

Another cracker Jacquie, well done.

ps LIKED

Jim

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:19
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Lovely, Jacquie, well done. Great images and a giggle as well.

Best wishes, Mike

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:21
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Lovely Jackie, just lovely.

Some cracking shots there. The size probably isn't doing them justice.

Monty.

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:23
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You really are into Mooning Jacquie LOL great original blog with wonderful pictures Smile

 

 

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:29
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Wow comes to mind too many great photos to pick a best, but as a dog lover I just think the sillouette of twiggy is brilliant , well done for a brilliant blog, you have the advantage of living in a a beautiful part of the country

Eddie

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:34
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There gonna come for you with a big white jacket. Brilliant blog, as usual Jacqui. It's hurting my head trying to pick a favourite, they're all so good. You could make a bit of money here framing and selling these. Don't suppose you fancy swapping houses and moving to North Wales? Mike

 

PS. I've had to favourite this so I can look again and again.

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 19:42
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 Another lovely blog Jacquie. I love the light painting on Lanyon Quoit - going to have to give this a go! Smile Also love the Carn Brae one, with the lights of Redruth..you're far too honest about "moving" the moon!!

Well Done!

Jacqui xx

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:02
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Michael:   I don't suppose you'll return to read this reply, but Yes, I do produce them as greetings cards - what do you think keeps me going out and about in the cold, wind, storms and spooky places!!   (I'm not SO daft after all !)

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:15
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Great blog AGAIN Jacquie - really, really enjoy all your blogs.  Carn Brea Castle is my favourite.  Regards, Celia

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:23
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Sheer lunacy Jacquie !  Brilliant captures, my favourite ......................no, too hard to pick just one. Since getting my HS10 I have become a moonie, I just can't resist catching the moon. My neighbours probably think I'm barmy, always out at night zooming and clicking!  Thanks for sharing.

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:41
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some lovely images to be proud really lovely

j laws

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 20:56
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I was born on July 22 and I can only love the moon ...

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 21:16

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Date Fri, 20/05/2011 - 22:37
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A brilliant blog Jacquie, with great shots, those night shots are superb, love those silhouettes of the burial cyst and Twiggy, spot on

Well done Jacquie and Thanks for sharing.

Colin

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 01:20
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Great blog! Well done, you've got some impressive shots! My favorite is the car headlights photo, sorry about the battery!

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 05:28
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intresting blog and lovely photos of the moon like the burial cyst ones in particular

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 06:53
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Hi Jacquie, Yet another great blog from you. I so enjoy seeing your work thanks so much for posting.

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 08:11
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A highly unusual blog Jacquie but very interesting. I don't know what the neighbours make of you but you keep on enjoying yourself 'cos I think you're getting some great images.

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 10:49
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Hi Jacquie, I think this so wonderful in every way! i glad you are using you talent to make some money, that's why we given such talents and it makes life a lot more worthwhile.( If we lucky enough to be able to do this)

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 11:19
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John:  Haven't got any neighbours!  (no, they didn't all move away).

Salgra:  Yes, the card sales help towards petrol, but also give me incentive in life, (and excercise!)  A purpose certainly focusses the mind and makes life a lot more worthwhile, I do agree.

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 11:35
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Wow, every one as spoken for me Jaccquie, Lunacy, fruity, unusual, brilliant, interesting, Nutty, but Mooning? Smile sheer Brilliance is what come to my mind. thanks for taking time to post.

Best Wishes / Albert
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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 12:21
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I did return Jacqui. Don't know if you've got an online catalogue, but it might be worth it. Mike

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Date Sat, 21/05/2011 - 12:42
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Mike:  I do have a website which my son-in-law kindly set up for me two years ago (he and my daughter have their own web-building business),   Unfortunately he didn't build in a way for me to update the images myself (and he's too busy to ask), so it doesn't have some of my better, latest work.   But it does show my cards.  Very little business from it, though.   Mostly local shops is the way I go.

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Date Sun, 22/05/2011 - 08:26
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What a great blog with awesome photos too, you are a really good photographer that thinks and plans an image, I love the moon reflection on the beach~because the street lights have starbursts~well done!

x

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Date Sun, 22/05/2011 - 08:38
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A very different blog Jackie, but for me it is superb. I cannot take photos for the moon, usless at it, so for me it  is lovely to see yours.

Thanks for showing your selection,  Pam.x

 

 

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Date Mon, 23/05/2011 - 20:05
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Wow Jacquie. A stunning collection of moon lit photos. My favourite is the 8th one, think I'm going to have to give that a go becuase it looks awesome. Thanks for sharing these and giving me some inspiration.

 

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Date Mon, 23/05/2011 - 21:43
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Hi Jaquie, everybody has already said it all. Amazing shots I like every one and I'm so jealous. Only got my S1800 for Christmas so will have to wait for my HS 10. Absolutely brilliant.

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Date Mon, 23/05/2011 - 23:15
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Just beautiful! I really did enjoy your blog.  The shots with the dog are brilliant....no they are all brilliant!

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Date Fri, 27/05/2011 - 20:49
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I consider myself told of Jacquie,  missed this one.  Terrific night shots all round.  what a good idea too.  The moon presented in such different ways.  Of them all, my fave shot is the dog and stones.  Terrific.

Loved it and sorry I was late in finding it.

XXXXX

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Date Sun, 05/06/2011 - 19:08
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 Hi Jacquie. At last I'm catching up with all the fab photos and photoblogs posted while I was on my Cruise& Stay holiday. So glad I have not overlooked your photoblog with your fabulous images. You're a brilliant photographer and I admire your work. Thanks for compiling and sharing Smile

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Date Wed, 07/09/2011 - 02:26
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I get great ideas from your work! Now to just get out there as you do.

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