Morning photo: Lunar visions

Full moon hunting …

Our lunar orb, with a somewhat detailed view of mountain, craters and other surface features.

FRISCO — Every month for a couple of days, I head out to try and catch a good moon image or three. Aside from the challenge of shooting the moon, it’s a good excuse to go out somewhere peaceful and just watch as our satellite either climbs away from, or drops toward the horizon.

There’s always a still beauty associated with the full moon phase, and it’s really grounding to feel the rhythm of the sun, the Earth and the moon locked by gravity into their eternal dance. The best time to try and catch a good moonrise shot is the night before the full moon, when it comes up just as the sun is setting, and the best time to catch the moon setting is the day after the full moon, when once again, the moon goes down just as the sun is coming up. That’s when you’re most likely to catch good light balance, which means you can see some of the moon’s features, as well as some color in the foreground. It’s not easy, at least for me, but always worth the try.

Moon setting over Frisco, Colorado.
Moonrise over the Meadow Creek wetlands, but not enough balance in the light for a strong image.
Another try, but this handheld exposure is grainy and bit fuzzy, although the colors are intense.
Another fun wetlands shot, but the moon disappeared in a fuzzy halo.
Full moon over Grays and Torreys.
full moon.
You can’t really trust your light meter!
Moon setting just as sunrise lights up the peaks of the Gore Range.
Goodbye til next month!

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