Change Is Hard

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Still learning night skies


Another super moon visited us last night and the sky was clear all day, so I couldn’t pass up a chance to try to capture it. A year ago last November I stood on a bluff overlooking our library and attempted to catch the pink moon rising. It was freezing cold. I was only sort of successful.

So last night I tried again.

I drove out to one of Katie’s favorite parks where I knew there was a nature trail up to a lookout hill.

Evening descends as I ascend the hill.

I had set the camera up for the moon shots in the nice warm car, but on the way I saw stuff I wanted to photograph (of course) and I forgot, in the moment, that the camera was set for night skies. Hence this:

Flying geese. Put your glasses on. Oh wait. It looks the same even with glasses.

It’s a bad shot that not even Lightroom could fix. But I thought it was kind of cool. OK. I’m weird.

Once up on the hill I settled in along with another family to wait. The sun set behind us and we almost missed it because we were staring at the horizon where the moon was supposed to appear any minute.

The quiet sunset behind us got ignored.

And then it did.

What is wrong here???

And my tripod wasn’t steady, and that bothered me so much I didn’t even register that the moon was completely blown out and I needed to speed up the shutter. Eventually I figured that out, but by then the moon was higher in the sky, past the ridge of clouds it had been shining through.

It really was this color!

I couldn’t get the clouds and the trees and the moon all in one shot. Either the clouds disappeared or the moon was too bright.

But I had a wonderful time. It wasn’t freezing cold. The moon was breathtaking, much more beautiful than these poor images display. The family up on the hill left way too soon, while the moon was still in the clouds. I hope they saw it shining bright on their drive home!

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

21 thoughts on “Still learning night skies

  1. We were out walking last night and the moon lit our way. So big and bright! I think your first photo is gorgeous. The lavender light is so soothing.


  2. Beautiful captures, Dawn! I like the photo of the geese, and always enjoy those kind of happy accidents. 🙂

    I gave up on my tripod. I always get so distracted by it that I end up missing part of what I went out to photograph. I do everything hand held now and hope for the best (which is not always good, but sometimes good enough).


    • I think I didn’t have some part of it tight enough. I need to get more familiar with it so I’m not turning wrong things in the dark. I really need it to be steady when I try stars next time! Can’t believe you get the shots you do of the moon without one! I’ve leaned up against buildings and trees to get the moon though, so I know it can be done.


  3. I think you did a very nice job, even with the geese – you caught the movement of their wings.


  4. The moon was intense here too.
    Speaking about intense, your idea on retirement is intense. You go girl!!!


  5. You had a wonderful time and that’s what counts. Your moon photo is great! And I had to chuckle about your geese caption–too funny!


  6. All wonderful shots- and you got the super moon!


  7. I think you did a fine job! Just braving the cold and dark is an accomplishment, and your lovely photos of the sunset and the super moon were big payoffs!


  8. I am smiling about your night-time photography adventures, Dawn, and can totally relate. Your photos share the spirit, from the artsy geese to this creative post. The moon has been gorgeous!


  9. Night photography is kind of fun , isn’t it. I did take a 6 week class in it about a year or so ago. I kind of got into it for awhile but haven’t done much lately. I think I should tho. I will post some of my night photos soon .


  10. I actually think those photos came out pretty amazing! I heard we had a supermoon the other night but fell asleep too early before I could remind myself to go out and take a look.

    Oh, and the photo of the geese? I think that’s my favorite. Guess I’m weird right along with you.


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