Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sky Watch Friday: The Moon

Even though I typically photograph mostly birds, animals and other wildlife I have always been fascinated with taking pictures of the moon. A good telephoto lens acts a lot like a telescope and gives you a tiny peek at the moons surface.
The difficulty with photographing the moon is finding the right exposure. Typically you are trying to photograph a bright spot that is floating in a sea of darkness. Every once in a while you get lucky though and the moon is visible when the sun is up, this usually happens near dusk or dawn mainly during the winter. At those times you can get a great pic of the moon with a beautiful blue background, like the photo above.

23 comments:

Kallen305 said...

You captured the moon perfectly! I love how you can see all of the details in it.

Rottlady of the Ozarks said...

I love the beautiful blue sky with that great Moon! Wonderful capture.

mountain.mama said...

So right you are about the difficulty in getting the right exposure--but you did it!

Bradley Myers said...

Good capture, all mine are at night, maybe I will have to set out from an evening shot like this.

Janie said...

You got the exposure perfectly in this one. Very beautiful.

Merisi said...

Beautiful! :-)

Did you see Ivar's moon shot?
Here! ;-)

Mary said...

And what a beautiful capture it is! Happy SWF. :)

Abe Lincoln said...

You might like to see the moon I shot and posted. It is huge and looks different.

It is on my Brookville Blog
http://brookvilledailyphoto.blogspot.com/

NovaS said...

I'm glad i checked out your page, the moon is almost out of reach, it looks likes when you took a picture of it, your just a hand away from it... amazing....

SUPERNOVA and SWEETPAIN
ANGELS IN MY LIFE

Tricia said...

You're right, this IS very Beautiful & absolutely perfect for Sky Watch Friday!

Happy Sky Watching!

Raven said...

Great capture and thanks for explaining how it is done.

Judy said...

Absolutely wonderful!! The telephoto lens really helps to add detail to the surface of the moon!!

Kathiesbirds said...

That moon looks like a pregnant belly to me!

Michele said...

You did a fabulous job here... outstanding!!

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beautiful said...

Oh this is indeed beautiful. Nice work!

Adrienne in Ohio said...

The clarity of this shot is amazing! What a great capture- such detail in the craters!

blossom said...

A different shot from the rest of sky watch. I bet you have the right gadjet to capture this beautiful scene.

uncleawang said...

I get my telephoto len a year ago and I agree with you that the visible of moon is so nice during sunrise at dawn & that is the great time to shoot the moon.I love the photo,,beautiful moon with blue background.

Light and Voices said...

Amazing to see the moon with a blue sky. Nice work!
Joyce

RJ Flamingo said...

What a great shot! I'm always trying to capture the moon, myself... I should get a better lens, I think.

I've actually managed to post this week, and I've once again combined my Friday's Feathers with my SkyWatch. I hope you'll visit when you get a chance.

http://flamingofotos.blogspot.com

*Niina* said...

I love the moon! Beautiful! Greetings from Sweden!

Tammie Lee said...

This is a beautiful moon image!

Pagan Sphinx said...

Yes. It's such a treat when the moon is out in full daylight. Nice capture.