Full Moon, Blue Moon

Tonight’s full moon is the third of four that will occur this summer. Thus is the alternative and older definition of a Blue Moon.The modern definition of a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.

Either way, it’s a blue moon and a relatively rare occurrence.

This full moon is called a Sturgeon Moon. According to the old Farmer’s Almanac, tribes near the Great Lakes named this moon, identifying it as the best season for catching sturgeon.

I live in under a canopy of oaks. When I first looked for the moon this evening, it was invisible, behind the trees. When finally it was almost directly overhead — for about 90 seconds — I could see it though it was only a partial view. My lens was trying so hard to figure out on what to focus. With the leaves in the way, it could not quite get a fix on the moon, nor in the dark could it get a fix on the leaves. In that light, with my vision, manual focus was not in the equation.

But … that doesn’t mean the pictures aren’t interesting.

I tried as many settings as I could within such a short period. The pictures are interesting. Not traditional pictures of a full moon. Anyway, you can see plenty of them all over the Internet tonight. On the other hand, I’ll bet no one else’s moon shots look quite like these 🙂



Categories: Cameras, Nature, News, photo, Photography, Science, Summer

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  1. Definitely unique and quite eerie! All in all GREAT shots 🙂

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  2. Those shots of the moon are very beautiful. I got a series of the moon rising which pleased me but I do love the moon through trees.Done a bit of catching up this morning before the rest of the household wake up – but now a Grandbaby is stirring! Hope you are okay – sending love your way. 🙂

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    • Thanks! My grandbaby is turning 17 next month, but i remember 🙂

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    • I was surprised how they came out. It was difficult and I think next time, I shouldl probably set up the tripod. I ike the patterns the leaves make, but they would be better pictures if I could have held the camera steadier Working at such slow shutter speed, I will try to plan ahead next time!

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      • I’m thinking of getting a tripod too but rarely plan my photos! Just have my little camera in my hand at all times and take photos all the time

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        • My husband insisted I get a set, but I find them awkward — probably because I don’t use them ennough to be comfortable with them. I have a nice lightweight set, but because it folds up so small, it’s also a pain to set up. Lots of adjusting and I am not patient enough Still, this particular kind of shooting I do plan in advance based on when the moon will be full, so I could at least get them set up on the back deck. I’m just being stupid about it 🙂

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  3. Definitely unique in presentation! 🙂

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  4. LOVE the shots!!! Maybe it’s good you didn’t have a a clear view of your subject. Meantime, “The Moon Is Blue” is showing on TCM today.

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  5. Nice shot!

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    • Thanks. Would have been nice if I’d had one clear shot. Maybe in the winter, when the leaves are gone. Meanwhile, they certainly are interesting 🙂

      On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 12:25 AM, SERENDIPITY

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