Sunsets and Lunar views

by Mike Dickinson March. 01, 2021 185 views

Man has had a fascination with the Sun and Moon from the dawn of time. So much so, they even named gods after them. However, when it comes to earliest paintings or photos of the moon, there is a great website that describes the history of this art: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/399918.stm#:~:text=The%20date%20of%20the%20first,Scott%20Montgomery%20of%20Seattle%2C%20USA

Did you know, we lovers of the moon are known as Selenophiles! Whilst lovers of the sun are Heliophiles!

The sun wasn't so easy to capture with the early cameras, however, nowadays, sunsets and sunrises are some of the most beautiful images you'll see. And capturing the moon on a clear night sky is one of the favourites of amateur and professional photographers the world over.

Often when I'm walking my dog in the late evening, once I spot a clear sky and moon, I just have to hurry home to grab my camera. I haven't had much success with my Canon 80D DSLR for lunar shots but I have with my Canon Powershot SX60 HS. And, dare I admit, in Auto mode!

The first of my Sunset shots
In this first sunset, which was taken late evening 21st september 2020, I took several shots, camera firmly in place on a tripod, with a RC and with just a half second interval between each shot. It's amazing how quickly the moon descends as it lowers itself beyond the horizon. I decided to create a compilation of each shot showing the sun's descent. These are the natural colours captured in camera. There was no way I could tone them down without losing the natural colours on display.

The first of my Lunar shots

It's a rare opportunity that we get clear skies in the North West of England. So, I was well pleased, as the sky remained clear for several nights as the moon waxed its way to this full moon on 27th February 2021. Further information on the Lunar cycle can be found here: https://www.moongiant.com/ph

It's a rare opportunity that we get clear skies in the North West of England. So, I was well pleased, as the sky remained clear for several nights as the moon waxed its way to this full moon on 27th February 2021. Further information on the Lunar cycle can be found here: https://www.moongiant.com/ph

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Chuck Staruch 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Great shots! Moon shots have always  been a fun challenge  to photograph.

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