Moon shots

Full Moon over Yosemite Valley

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Just got back from a 3 day trip to Yosemite National Park, California.  Been quite a while since my last visit, so it was time to return. I picked a great time to go with the full moon dominating the evening sky, but picked a bad time for catching the Yosemite Falls, which was dry at this time of year. I like shooting at twilight and/or the “golden hour”. It was interesting my 1st day reaching this point at a vista above Yosemite Valley. The skies started out quite gray with a huge thunderhead over the Sierras, with no prospect of an exciting colorful sunset, as most of the 20 or so photographers, who were lined up, were murmuring. I knew the full moon was buried under those clouds somewhere and just maybe it would all break loose and shine through. The photographers seemed to be all on the same frequency, all packed it in and left except for me and another guy. Within 30 minutes the sky opened up and the moon shined through, along with remnants of red hues from a setting sun. Like a fishermen waiting patiently for a bite on his line, the fish took the bait and it was time to reel ’em in, and we reeled in some good shots..worthy of the wait. So a message to you photographers about the “golden hour”, don’t leave too soon..wait!!

This photo was taken with 3 exposures, run through Photomatix, Topaz and Photoshop CS5 in post processing. Long exposures were in order, as it was quite past twilight.

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Full Moon over Yosemite Valley
Dave Morgan-Creative Commons

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Moonlight Over The Dock, Gilbert, Arizona

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The last couple of nights after getting back from San Francisco, I was still in the photographing mood, so I wandered over to our park to capture some pretty awesome moon glows. The night before local fisher people took over the dock, but last night it was, quiet, calm and stellar. Spent a couple hours catching shots as the colors and hues kept changing. This one was one of my favorites.

I had another camera going clickity-click every 10 seconds as the moon was rising. I plan on putting them together into a video form. Some time I’ll show them!!

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Super Moon, Arizona

Why are so many people intrigued by the moon? Photographers go a little bit crazy about catching a once in a life time shot of it. But a super moon sends them into a dazzle. This one reflected off a lake in Arizona was done on a clear night and the time delay brought alot of blue into the photo as well as a starry effect. If you missed it you’ll have to wait to next year.

Super Moon
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