Moon set … sunrise
The May 5, 2012 supermoon rises over Denver. PHOTO COURTESY DANIEL MCVEY. Click to visit his photography website.
The supermoon rising May 5, 2012, as seen from Lookout Mountain, west of Denver, Colorado. PHOTO BY DANIEL MCVEY. Click on the image to visit McVey’s photography website.
4:20 a.m. Dillon Reservoir.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A thick bank of clouds to the east foiled my evening attempt to photograph the rise of the so-called supermoon, when our celestial satellite makes one of its closest approaches to Earth, but it was worth getting out, as the evening light was quite nice. So I set my internal alarm for 4 a.m. Sunday morning, thinking that, instead of a moonrise, I could watch it set over the Gore Range. A quick peak out the window confirmed clear skies and a bright moon just starting to dip toward the horizon. Coffee? Yes, please! I headed toward the Heaton Bay day use area along Dillon Dam Road, where there is a level spot to set up a tripod — plus, it’s only five minutes from our house.
This was the view to the east Saturday night, when thick clouds obscured the horizon and any view of the moonrise.
Even minus the moonrise, last night’s trek up Lake Hill was worth it to watch the lights of Frisco twinkle on in the dusk.
The clouds put on quite a show.
With a long exposure and some thin clouds, the moon ended up looking kind of blob-ish. I haven’t quite figured out the technique for getting sharp definition in the face of the moon while also exposing properly for the foreground. Need to study up on that!
While the moon was setting in the west, a nice sunrise was developing to the east. I stopped down the lens to try and soften the water. There was a little bit of motion, but not enough to get that real cottony look.
Slipping away …
Moon over Frisco.
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