Tag Archives: full moon

First Full Moon of Winter

Moon rise over Lake Winnebago

The first full moon of 2017 and Winter.  It was a cold and windy night.  I was thinking I must me either dedicated or crazy (of course, both could be true).  To properly expose both the moon (which is very bright) and the light house I used a 5 step bracket, set for +/- 3 stops.  I then used 2 photos to make the picture – one of the moon and the other for the lighthouse.  Below is another taken at 400mm.

First Full Moon of Winter II

 

Posted in Blog, Landscapes, Night Also tagged , , , , , |

Best Laid Plans

Freight Train Moonrise

The best laid plans of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

Robert Burns

August full moon and I was ready!  It was a beautiful night in Oshkosh – just perfect!  Temp was around 80, modest humidity and there was music playing at Waterfest.  I arrived on time and set up the perfect shot.  I would capture the full moon rising between the girders of the rail road bridge across the Fox River.  This would be an awesome shot with the diagonal bridge outlined acaings the darkening sky.  I used Google Sky to line up the shot and had my 400mm lens all set up.

The moon peeked over the hills on the far side of Lake Winnebago – and I was ready.

Then it happened!  In the distance I heard the triple blast of the warning horn, a train was coming and the bridge started to drop!  My perfect shot ruined!  I ran to a new position and caught a few shots – not bad but not what I wanted.

Then I turned around and saw the Main Street Bridge.  How wonderful it looked in the moonlight.   Turned out to be a pretty nice picture (hanging on my office wall right now).

Life is like that sometimes.  You plan and scheme and just as things look good something happens.  You can either get mad or you can get busy.  I try and get busy!

 

Thursday Night in Oshkosh

 

Posted in Blog, Night, Urban Photography Also tagged , , |

Lantern Festival – Full Moon

Lantern Festival - Full Moon

We celebrated the Lantern Festival last night with dear friends.  Unfortunately there were too many clouds to seen the full moon so this shot from the last full moon will have to do.  The Lantern Festival occurs on the first full moon after Chinese New Year and is a time for celebration, family and friends Lantern Festival.

The moon is especially hard to shoot as it is so bright!  Your camera wants to overexpose so you usually have to set the camera to manual.  This shot was taken at 200mm on a tripod with a 10 second delay to minimize camera shake.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 1/500s at f/2.8

 

Posted in Blog, Landscapes, Night Also tagged , , |