New Year Moon Gallery

Here’s some shots of tonight’s blue moon as it rose above the trees, and as a bonus a pic of the neighbor’s Christmas lights using both pan and zoom for effects and a blurry time exposure of Orion shot through tree limbs. Click on the thumbnail to see the HQ versions.

Evening Moonrise

Evening Moonrise

The last two were taken with auto settings, the first was taken with a focal point of the moon itself and with a 1/125 speed, please click on the thumbnails to see the full size and quality.

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon

darkside-of-the-moonHere’s a long exposure photo of tonight’s moon, the bright half is what you see with the naked eye, but it’s all over exposed. The dark side is visible however, and a nimbus of light appears around the moon from the over exposure. You can also see some star tracks off to the right side. The second photo is taken with a 1/125 shutter speed.

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Moon, Stars, and Clouds Gallery

Moon, Stars, and Clouds Gallery

Here’s a series of photos taken tonight; some of them are odd as I was experimenting: really trying to do the impossible. I was attempting to get the moon and the clouds both in the picture and in sharp focus, but that’s really not possible without one of those programs that stitches multiple shots together. In some of the detailed moon photos you can however see the effects of focusing through the high thin clouds.

Autumn in Kansas

Autumn in Kansas

Every year I take a drive around a few neighborhoods to get pictures of the leaves changing color, here’s a gallery some I took at the end of last week. Click on the individual thumbnails to see the large size.