Pink June Strawberry Moon
A new personal record: About four years ago, I photographed a slim crescent Moon that had only 2.39% of the lunar disk illuminated. I always look for these super-thin crescents on either side of the new Moon’s arrival, but where I live in the Midwest, the air quality, light pollution and horizon clutter make them difficult to spot.
Last month, on the desolate plains of New Mexico, with a big clear sky and an unobstructed horizon, I was able to image this 1.53% waxing crescent just 34 minutes after sunset on the day following the new Moon. Venus appeared first, and I knew the Moon would be close by…I just had to wait for the sky to darken enough for her to pop.
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Watching the waning crescent Moon and the Sun as they clear a distant mesa…
Moonrise soundtrack provided by songbirds, cows and wild turkeys on a New Mexico ranch…
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Preceding yesterday’s Halloween blue moon was the Harvest Moon of October 1. This autumn’s road adventure marks the first time in the past 14 years of travel that I’ve packed only film cameras and left my DSLR at home. I have lost interest in digital photography in recent years and I find that I’m much happier when shooting film. However, DSLRs are clearly the superior choice when it comes to astrophotography; if I hope to capture the Milky Way or the northern lights, I will pack my digital Nikon.
The rise of the Harvest Moon is something I look forward to each year. As that date approaches, I tweak the Pontiac’s course to put myself in an area with good weather and an open horizon. This was my first attempt at preserving the event on color film.
(My time-lapse video of this moonrise can be viewed here.)
Crook County, Wyoming
Kodak Ektar 100 film (35mm)
Sunset on the Great Plains.
Weld County, Colorado
Kodak Portra 160 35mm film
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The Queen of Light took her bow
And then she turned to go
“The Battle of Evermore” by Led Zeppelin
Pawnee National Grassland, Colorado
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