December 11 moon

12 12 2008

Just in case I don’t get a chance to shoot the full moon tomorrow night (when it’s supposed to be at its brightest and the closest to Earth since 1993), here is tonight’s moon as seen from my parent’s backyard in the Lone Star state…best I could do with a 400mm lens. If I do get a chance to photograph Friday’s moon, it will be done from Sue’s yard in Huntsville, Alabama. Yes, this weekend I’m flitting off to a whole ‘nother state just to have tea on Sunday with Sue and her new southern friends—the plane ticket was a gift from Sue. Of course, I’m helping her decorate, and yes, I’m bringing my camera gear—so you know there will be photos of the soirée and whatever else I stumble upon!

I just saw her a few weeks ago when we were en route to Texas for Thanksgiving. We were delivering a painting for her new home. See that posting below:

National Geographic‘s website states that “although a full moon happens every month, the one that rises tomorrow will appear about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the other full moons seen so far this year. That’s because our cosmic neighbor will be much closer than usual. The moon will be at its closest perigee—the nearest it gets to Earth during its egg-shaped orbit around our planet.

In that same article, Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, states, “Typically we don’t have the full moon phase and perigee coinciding at the same time, so that makes this event particularly special.”

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.



2 responses

12 12 2008

Wonderful shot. I love photographing the moon. My fiance and I have a daily “obligatory moon shot” that we share on a family blog. I have a new Canon telephoto zoom lens with image stabilization that sure helps to capture it sharply.

I have a friend that takes some amazing southwestern photography and lives in Taos, New Mexico (one of my favorite nearby photo hang outs–along with Santa Fe) and he has a fabulous shot of the full moon over the Sangre de Cristos today. (he has a new shot each day) Be sure to search his daily archives. His work will amaze.

Have a great day Cindy.

14 12 2008

Hi Cindy
It is a rewarding challenge and you did it. You need a lot of patience when photographing the moon, and I am sure you have recorded not only the length of time and also the exposure you used. Do you mind to share this with us..thanks

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