There was a day-shy of a full moon over Tacloban City the other evening. Just as we stepped out of the SMED Center in the early evening dusk, I saw the large, white moon. I momentarily tried to observe if it was turning into orange or yellow, but no, it wasn’t. As we were in a hurry, I just was able to take the shots shown below.
I’m sure many of you (me included) have tried photographing the moon with a point & shoot camera and ending up with a roundish white speck in the middle of the sky that doesn’t look anything like the moon!
Moon photography is not quite simple as it seems. Try to google “moon photography” in the internet and you’ll see a lot of sites offering tips and tons of technical advise on how to shoot it. There’s even a site which would tell you ALL the technical settings for your camere for a particular time and date and your location on Earth!
Being the brightest object in the night sky, the moon is not an easy subject to photograph. What makes it difficult is the fact that it is a sun-lit object and the fact that it’s pretty far away. 😦
During the non-digital era of film, great photographs of landscapes showing the glorious moon often involved double-exposures – first of the evening landscape then later of the moon alone. Magic is done in the dark room.
As I was in a rush, I was unable to properly take a landscape nightshot of the vicinity with the moon. No doubt that has been added to my growing list of photography to-do’s. 🙂