>> Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tonight is the "super moon", meaning the moon is full at the same time that is is at the closest point to Earth in its orbit. I have read it appears about 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual. The last time we had a super moon was 1993. And for once, Syracuse had crystal clear skies on the night of an astronomical event. Hooray!
My husband and I meandered over to Devoe Road, which is one of the high hills in Camillus, west of Syracuse. I actually watched a lunar eclipse from the top of Devoe Road many moons ago (pardon the pun) with my Dad. So, when I was trying to think of a good spot to watch and photograph the super moon, Devoe Road popped into my head.
Here's the view, just as the sun was going down behind us:
Apparently it popped into a lot of other people's heads, too, because we had a fair bit of company up there. Most folks, however, drove up and snapped a few photos and left. Not one even had a tripod, and most were using a flash. All found it too chilly to linger.
It turns out we had some deer for company, too, although I didn't realize it until I came home and downloaded the photos. If you look closely you can see them in this photo, lined up along the tree line:
The moon rose almost at the same time that the sun was setting. There was still a fair bit of residual light in the sky when the moon first appeared, which made the first few shots somehow less atmospheric than I had envisioned. We had a lot of trouble with the white balance, and wound up changing the k values, which my husband tells me has something to do with kelvin scale. It worked, and we finally started to capture the incredible orange color of the moon on the horizon.
Or the other:
Overall, a chilly time, but great fun, and a great learning experience about photographing in low light setting. I am so glad my husband had the patience to read the user's manual for the D90, and to relay the info to his impatient wife. Without him, I would probably have been cursing and unable to get any good shots. So I guess, really, tonight's photos are a joint effort. Thanks spouse!