Thursday, December 7, 2017

Supermoon 2017

Sunday's "supermoon" was the first (and last) of 2017. Really?? I didn't believe it either, but check out https://www.space.com/34515-supermoon-guide.html for the details. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to get out to the desert for the event. My ideal shot would have been a huge supermoon in the desert with a twisted and gnarly old joshua tree silhouette in front of it. May be something like this:
This is a composite image, using a photo of the supermoon with an earlier image from Joshua Tree National Park. OK, let's move on to "real" photos. Here's what I did manage to capture.

While the moon was low on the horizon, I could only get filtered views through the trees.

 Finally I was able to capture an unobstructed view. The moon had more color while it was low on the horizon. As it went higher in the sky, it lost that yellowish tint.

It also started to be filtered out a bit by the clouds.

I was here to take moon shots, but it was hard to ignore the pretty post-sunset sky to the west. It was a real beauty! 

As I was walking around our local park capturing moon shots, I noticed this lone fisherman under the supermoon. He didn't catch anything, and soon moved on.

As evening sets in and the sky darkens, the background starts to disappear. The moon is so bright that everything else fades to black.

Fast forward to Monday AM, 12/4/2017. The moon was setting at about 7:30 AM. Captured these from the sidewalk in front of my house.
Moonset over Ginkgo tree.

Goodbye supermoon. At least for this year!

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40 comments:

  1. You did really well to capture the super moon in various stages. I think my favourite is the moon in the black background & little twiggy branch silhouette .

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  2. Awesome Moon photos! Fantastic and so creative!

    Happy Weekend coming to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  3. Glorious indeed! I really like the one with some cloud filtering. Super pic!

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  4. You got some nice Moon shots here.

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  5. WONDERFUL and affecting shots!
    NEXT: Tuesday, January 2, 2018-

    Source: https://www.vercalendario.info/en/when/next-super-moon.html

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  6. So that's how people get those neat shots of something in front of the moon! Your other moon shots are pretty neat too.

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  7. You got so many wonderful moon photos! I had my zoom lens on and camera on tripod, waiting for the supermoon, but was only able to take afew photos before clouds obscured it.

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  8. Truly Amazing Super Moon pics. Great captured.

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  9. Great viewpoint to capture that silhouette with the moon in the background. Stunning as always. Well done.

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  10. Brilliant photos. The moon was not up when I went to bed and it was cloudy, I woke up at 4 am to go to the loo and saw the moon out the bathroom window but was too tired to try and get photos nor did I wantto wake my wife up. Maybe next time

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  11. Wow!! These shots are "super" and you obviously know what you're doing with a camera. As someone who just "takes pix", I have been telling myself for years, I will take a class. This is a great series on the last of 2017. (hint, hint...perhaps you could share how to do one of those "composite" pix sometime??)...:)JP

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  12. Hello, It is a beautiful color as it rises. Wwesome series on the Supermoon. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Your shots came out better than mine. I rushed out during a break in the quarter, but in my haste used the wrong settings...none of my shots were worth diddly...and still missed a score.

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  14. The moon never ceases to amaze me. It is my muse. Of course, the sun isn't too shabby either.

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  15. These are really stunning shots! - Tasha

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  16. We had clouds here in Mass. so we missed the show.

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  17. I love your moon photos. I do okay on closeups but I have a lot of work to do capturing the moon with a landscape.

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  18. Oh lord, thank you for these beautiful lunar delights.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  19. I completely forgot about the supermoon :(

    Your photos are amazing!

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  20. We saw this huge moon when driving home, for about 1 1/2 hrs. The size was incredible, but didn't know the view lasted that long! Stunning captures, Peter. I didn't see it as orange in the beginning like you did, but immediately a pale yellow. Maybe you can do a tutorial for laymen, I tried to read a tutorial several times, but got hung up on the technical terms, and quit! Thanks for posting!

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  21. Beautiful pictures, as usual - it may surprise you that the picture I liked the most was the one of the fisherman - there was just something about it.

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  22. Great photos of the moon!
    We had total cloud cover here - disappointing
    Have a wonderful week-end!

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  23. Amazing series of photos! My favourite is the Moon behind the branches… and the post-sunset sky with the plane… and the next one with the lone fisherman, and... and all of the others... :-)
    Have a lovely weekend!

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  24. Wow! I wish i could get a shot like your ideal one

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  25. These are really great shots. I love the color as the moon is still low on the horizon.

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  26. You're very fortunate you got some good photos, unfortunately it was too overcast and cloudy here.

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  27. All images beautifully captured!

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  28. lol, love your wishful thinking :) I did see the supermoon as I woke up in the morning but it looks almose exactly like yoru second image. A moon behind lots of twigs. Not fun. :(

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  29. Hi SP&P, I’m sitting here this morning in Seattle with mostly cloudy skies and 40F outside. Seems like time to move to the desert. :-) Your photography definitely encourages me to do that. Of all the time I’ve spent in this blogosphere thing, finding your blog has been one of the real pleasures. Your photography is superb and these photos of the supermoon are super in themselves. I just want to thank you for sharing your work. I’m looking forward to more from Spare Parts and Pics in 2018! John

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  30. I didn't manage to even see the super moon so your shots allow me the privilege. I think you got some very nice ones.

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  31. I love your composite of the Super Moon. It would be an interesting shot to try for next time it rolls around. I also like the photograph with the moon and just a little sprig of branches by it. That one has a nice surreal quality to it.

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  32. Such an excellent series! The ginko is my fave

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