Waxing Crescent Moon Set

From Sunday night’s beautiful sunset through the trees here along the Front Range of Colorado. I love waxing- and waning-crescent moons.

Sunset Waxing Moon 20140302 252

Sunset Waxing Moon 20140302 252

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Full Moon Rising

Shortly after the image of the Waxing Crescent Moon and Venus (see post below) occurred, I caught the full moon rising one evening just after the sunset. The haze and dust in the near-the-surface atmosphere causes the moon to be quite yellow and distortedly large like this. This image may not show it, but the moon is just a few degrees above the horizon, with a hill rising before it. Handheld in 35 degree weather with a slight breeze that dropped the wind chill down into the twenties. My hands were freezing!

Full Moon Rising

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Crescent Moon and Venus

I tried capturing the Crescent Moon and Venus convergence last evening. What a beautiful site though.

I read somewhere, perhaps on Space Weather that 1/320th at f/5.6 and 400 ISO would be a good starting point for the exposure settings, but I didn’t like what I was seeing in the LCD using those settings, so I had to open things up a bit to get the right exposure for my location and timeframe and sunset.

Not the best exposure though. It’s tougher than it looks, even though they say to think of the moon as a daytime exposure, but I think that’s in reference to the full moon. When it’s a crescent moon, the story is a little different… ;)

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