10 Oct. 2009

Side by side in orbit, Around the fairest sun?

I took these photos a few nights ago but with the excitement of recycling paper, carving and printing little owls, delivering playdough (which is nearly sold out, I must get cooking again!) and my first ever giveaway there just hasn’t been time to share.

While photographing a stunning full moon rise I kept getting two moons in each photo, which was interesting, but I couldn’t figure out why it was happening.

Curly Guy sorted it out really quickly. I was over exposing the picture because I was compensating for shooting at night, but not allowing for all the light in the image from pointing right at the moon. I tested his theory and he was right.

Unfortunately by then the moon had risen too high above the horizon and low lying clouds to make an interesting photo, but I was now capturing just one moon and with the definition on the surface visible.
I do like my two moon photos though; they had me singing these lines from REM’s Nightswimming for days!

I’m pining for the moon.
And what if there were two
Side by side in orbit
Around the fairest sun?

It was a lesson well learned; I always learn best when I experience things first hand. Now I will be prepared to make the most of the next stunning full moon! What lessons have you learned recently?


  1. I like the photos with the two moons too. Love that REM song too... now you've got it in my head. Bliss... might have to dig it out from the back of the CD stores.

  2. I am a bit worried that the Americans are bombing the moon, Maybe next time you look up with your camera there may just be two moons !


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