Sunday, September 2, 2012

My "Blue" Moon


The "blue moon" has been a big deal recently not because it looks any different than any other full moon, but simply because it's the second full moon in a month. It won't occur again until July 2015. I was hoping to get some early evening shots of it while the sky was still blue, but as my luck would have it, clouds rolled in and the moon was covered. Later in the night, the clouds broke a bit, but not enough to get close up shots like I would normally take. Rather than fighting the clouds, I decided to put on a shorter lens and use them to my advantage. The moon actually became the secondary subject.






50 comments:

Nancy J said...

Down here,we have a second full moon on 30th September,this year, and I hope to be ready.Loved all your shots, the contrast in the cloud colours is super. Cheers from Jean.

Carole M. said...

g-r-e-a-t thinking Brian! I wrestled also with clouds for a bit. When I stepped back and included the clouds in the photo the moon lost its markings so I ditched those ones. What you've capture by using the shorter lens is super-duper! I hadn't thought to do that at all; I love your results

Sharon Whitley said...

love these results, so atmospheric, beautifully done!

waldlaeufer68 said...

Hello Brain,
He says you have magic attraction forces werewolves and vampires are totally excited .. ;-)
greetings Frank

Marc Heath said...

Very spooky, just need a shadow of a werewolf now.

Linda said...

From my perspective here, your moon looks blue! So, I would say you accomplished what the rest of us did not! Fabulous photos - we had no clouds on the 31st, so I had nothing but sky. A few nights earlier, when the moon was not completely full, there were some passing clouds, but nothing like the effect that you obtained! Just gorgeous!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Wow amazing pictures...we had clear skies very late yesterday evening. So it wasn´t to think about taking pictures with my knowledge and gear..:-(
In the evening the moon showed a little and very short time. I took one picture but havent checked out them yet...

Andee said...

I love the clouds with the moon! Your blue moon shoots are fantastic. I am such a big blue moon fan :)

Terri Buster said...

All fantastic shots, but I really love that second one!

Andrew said...

Wonderful images Brian..

Jan n Jer said...

Your right the moon did become secondary...love how the clouds just encompass the moon...stunning n dramatic shots!

Roan said...

I was exhausted and didn't even try to get a shot. The blue moon seems to have brought out the meanness in our community as we had 3 emergency order of protection hearings Friday. ;(

As always, these are fantastic shots. Glad you thought of using the clouds to your advantage.

eileeninmd said...

Brian, gorgeous collection of Blue Moon shots. Well done!

JOY @ http://joysjotsshots.blogspot.com/ said...

Sometimes you get better than what you were asking for. The clouds do bring a different artistic aspect. We will remember how this year's blue moon appeared- peaking among the clouds...thank-you. enJOYed

Dawn said...

Absolutely beautiful! I sat under that same moon surrounded by mountains and my kiddos. Good life!

Beth said...

Wonderful shots of the full moon and clouds Brian. Very nice!

TexWisGirl said...

great job thinking 'big picture'. :)

eerily romantic and lovely.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Those clouds are really different looking. Cool! The shots have an eerie look to them, but I love them!

MTWaggin said...

I like it with the clouds, gives it character! Very nice job!

Deb said...

the clouds definately make the photos..

Leenie said...

Great photos. Jealous. No moon shot here but the good news is we got rain.

Danielle said...

These came out great. I haven't looked at mine yet...still in the camera...but I was out there about the same time because there was quite a bit of cloud cover.

Ida said...

Wow! I think the clouds really add to these shots. I love them.
I tried taking shots but it was dark out when I remembered and again no decent zoom lens to work with on the old point and shoot so my photo's went to the great Recycle Bin in the sky.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the clouds in your photos with the moon as a backlight. Beautiful!

Tammy said...

Well done, these are great photos! The clouds add an interesting dimension to the photos!

Stewart M said...

Hi there - I like the way the clouds seem to boil around the Moon. Nice work!

Stewart M

Debbie said...

finally a "blue" moon...

but the clouds steal the show. these are fabulous!!

Liam said...

Wow! that is so cool! :):):)

Marie said...

Great shots! It is really beautiful the way things turned out, photographically-speaking! :-) The day before the blue moon we were driving back from our trip and saw it beautifully hanging over the Santa Catalina Mtns. and I thought, tomorrow night I will drive back up this road and get some pictures. But, it was so overcast, and I was so tired, as well, that I knew it would be useless. Maybe I should have tried anyway. I didn't realize we wouldn't have one again till 2015...though I do know they happen really infrequently. I didn't even post about it because I had no photos to use....I could have posted about Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, and his passing so soon before this blue moon. But, I just didn't get it pulled together. I even am reading a book called February House about a home in Brooklyn that was occupied before WWII by artists and writers in a bohemian kind of way, and W.H. Auden and Benjamin Britten produced their collaborative work Paul Bunyan (which was a flop) while living there. They had Paul Bunyan being born in a blue moon. I lost my chance to make any kind of comment, and unfortunately, that opportunity comes only :once in a blue moon." You did an awesome job! :-)

Gillian Olson said...

Your blue moon shots are wonderful, the scattered cloud seems to create a ring of light around the moon.

Rita said...

Simply fabulous shots of that blue moon. I got to see it but could not photograph it. Never been lucky with moon shots anyway.

Buttons said...

Oh these are truly incredible shots Terri. So mysterious and beautiful. B

Buttons said...

OK so your not Terri I have no idea how I did that but your Photos are incredible Brian. B

Jenny said...

Beautiful capture. Somehow I've linked incorrectly to Terri's blog!

But I love your photos...and I'm singing the 'Blue Moon' song for musical ambiance!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You had me at the first shot. Man, these are good. So different from some of the other shots. The clouds and blue hues makes these unique.

Carletta said...

A shorter lens - hmmmm... wish I'd thought of that.
Love that you got the blue behind it.
Nicely done!

Liz said...

Lovely!!

DeniseinVA said...

Stunning photos, those clouds make it look so beautiful!

✿ chica said...

Fotos maravilhosas e a lua sempre nos encanta!!beijos,tudo de bom,chica

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Needless to say ~ Fantastic photography ~ Wow! ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Thanks for coming by ^_^

Connie said...

Brain, these shots are amazing. I'm expecting to see Johnny Depp somewhere in the photo, LOL.
Thank you for sharing, Connie :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

A fabulous series of moon shots, I was pleased with my blue moon post as well.

Don said...

You have me howling!

Michelle said...

These are wonderful...you managed to capture a sense of moodiness and intrigue. Nicely done!

Rosemary Aubut said...

Gorgeous blue moon shots! Very abstract quality!

Nancy Claeys said...

Very nice, my dear! :)

Anne Payne said...

Wow! I missed it in our area because it was cloudy but glad you got these beautiful shots so I could see it!

The Farmer's Daughter said...

Oh My! These are wonderful shots! Love them!

NatureFootstep said...

terrific shots. Love them.

TheChieftess said...

Beautiful shotsTerri!!! Thanks for stopping by MammothLakesDP!!!