January Night Sky 2009  

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Since I caught the first moon of the year in somewhat decent detail I decided to make it a project to take pictures of the moon during the month of January. Unfortunately I didn't realize how much of a challenge it would be.

For one, the moon is easily obscured by clouds. I had several days in a row where I was unable to get a single shot. Also, for a large part of the month the moon is not viewable during the evening (where detail is easier to photograph) except during the wee hours of the morning, when I'm usually sleeping.

But, I think I got some pretty cool pictures all the same. I learned a ton about taking pictures at night. And, from applying lessons from class and my own experimentation I had better results as the month went on. I'm especially proud of the full moon picture, which I think turned out very well. It was a total fluke that I was able to get it. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was when I first started experimenting with shutter priority and I hit on a decent aperture to balance it out purely by chance. (It's still blue though from having the wrong white balance selected, but it doesn't look unnatural.)

These pictures really need to be seen in a larger view to see any detail.

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Anyway, I hope to try this again. I may wait until it's warmer, but the moon is addicting. It may be hard to stop hauling my tripod out in the middle of the night.

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