Sunday, November 18, 2012

Last night's banana moon

One of the benefits of having a new puppy is that I am forced to go outside for 5-10 minutes every hour and a half. Yes it's a lot of work, but the silver lining is that I've never been more familiar with the night sky than I have these past 2 weeks.

A few days ago, as the new moon began to reveal a small crescent of light, I didn't get a photo and have regretted it since. Last night the moon was a solid crescent banana shape, which isn't as mystical as the hair-thin crescent moon - but still good target practice for my camera.

banana moon
ISO 400 (I think), 1/1000sec, handheld
I took this picture after getting home from the gym, and I was worried about moving the camera too much - but the moon was about to slip behind the apartment roofline so I decided to go for it without a tripod. At 1/1000sec exposure, the motion blur is minimal. I would have liked to try some different exposure settings to capture the earthshine on the dark side, but longer exposures would have required a tripod or an extremely steady hand. Maybe next time!

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