three . six . five [009 + 010] Shoot for the Moon

Over the weekend I tried to capture any remnants of the Harvest Moon we had last week. This year though, its not your normal Harvest Moon when we have a full moon around the time of the autumnal equinox- simply, the Harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to that equinox. A Super Harvest Moon, however, only occurs once every couple decades- the last one was in 1991, and the next one isn’t until 2029! This occurs when the Harvest Moon appears on the autumnal equinox. I believe this would essentially mean that the moon, sun and the earth are in perfect alignment with the earth’s equator. NASA has dubbed this phenomenon “the Super Harvest Moon” or the “Harvestest Moon

The result of having the Harvest Moon rise as the Sun sets creates a one of a kind twilight- a 360 autumn “glow” that can only be experienced by the mixing of the two light sources together. As the Moon creeps above the eastern skyline it may appear strangely inflated. This is the Moon illusion at work. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, a low-hanging Moon appears much wider than it really is. A Harvest Moon inflated by the moon illusion is simply gorgeous (or so I’m told). I’d put up links but this is unnecessary. If you want to find more simply Google “Super Harvest Moon” and you have dozens of links returned

Unfortunately, I missed this rare event on Sept. 22nd, however the past few days I did get glimpses of the moon still bright over the past few days. Although, my timing has not been as good, every time I found a good place to shoot the moon, it would hide behind a cloud.  Last night, I apparently went out about a couple hours too early in the evening  as the night skies cleared up later on in the night. Anyway, I got a shot of the moon as it was about to disappear into the clouds on Saturday Night, and settled for some long exposure shots for the beltline Sunday night. Not a rare twilight, but “ok” photo fodder for now…

The image above was taken with a Nikkor 18-200 VRI AF-S
Exposure Settings for this image: 62mm – 20sec @ f/16 – ISO200

This image above was taken with a Nikkor 18-200 VRI AF-S
Exposure Settings for this image: 112mm – 20sec @ f/20 – ISO200

The image above was taken with a Nikkor 18-200 VRI AF-S
Exposure Settings for this image: 18mm – 20sec @ f/22 – ISO200

3 Responses to “three . six . five [009 + 010] Shoot for the Moon”

  1. jason says:

    Inspired me to go out and try this for myself. Very nice!

    • bjordan says:

      Thanks man! I’m pretty happy with how they turned out…REALLLLY want a shot of the moon though it’s insane how big it was before I got a chance to shoot. Didn’t know you had this other blog I’ll be sure to follow it!

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