This week has been such a busy one photography-wise that it’s coming to you in two parts.
19-25 March ’11
Over the last week or so there’d been a buzz on the DPS forums about the upcoming ‘supermoon’.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:-
A perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system or “supermoon” is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth.
The moon would be the closest it’s been to the earth in 18 years. We photographers rubbed our hands together in glee – photo ops! The full moon is always a special challenge to photograph, and this one promised to be a real treat.
Saturday 19th March
It happened that Bro, also a keen photographer, was going to be in town for the weekend. So I invited him out on a photo shoot, a sunset trip up to the windfarm for a view of the moon rise in the East. We did our research – moon rise was scheduled for 6.43pm on Saturday night. I watched the sky anxiously all day, hoping that the clouds would all blow away. It wasn’t ’til late afternoon that I pressed the ‘go’ button. The sky cleared (as it almost always does on the night of a full moon), with just a few clouds staying around to add interest and colour to the sunset.
We packed up camera gear and various family members and headed for the hills. My plan had been to set ourselves up in the car park at the top of the wind farm – I was sure the sign on the gate said ‘Open dawn to dusk’. Hmmm, nope. It closed at 5.30pm. Buggar. Best laid plans, and all that. Never mind, turns out we found a better spot just a little further along the road in the lee of the hill. It’s always very windy up on the tops (that’s why they put the turbines up there!), so our possy just under the hill was perfect. Out of the biting wind, but still with an awesome view out to the East and right amongst all those whirling blades. And cows.
While we waited for the moon to show its face, Bro and I pottered about getting various shots of the landscape, and each other. I really hope Greg deletes the photos he took of me – all scowly and squinty in the low, sunset light. I’m really much more comfortable behind the camera, not in front thanks.
Exif (Both shots) F-stop f/5.3 Exp time 1/160sec ISO speed ISO-200 Focal length 70mm
To create this diptych I twiddled with the levels, warmed the RH picture to get the light and colour to match. Then I cropped slightly to have the subject centred and equal. Next I used Picasa to create the collage, then added the black margin. I particularly like the edge lights created by the backlighting from the setting sun.
Finally the moon made its appearance, rising above the cloud bank that had gathered on the eastern horizon. Continue reading