Moonrise at Sunset

Sometimes, the Moon is so good to me, and I'm not sure what I've done to deserve it! 

Having read that, you're smirking, I know. In fact, you're likely thinking, "Crazy Moon lady!"

But it's true.

I have considerably less time to run around with my Pentax nowadays, and much of what you see on this blog and my social networks was shot with a smartphone. Indeed, many wonderful things can be done with newer smartphones photographically, not to mention the fact that the limitations they provide may help in finding creative solutions.

Yet, when it comes to certain subjects, those limitations are just that. One of the most obvious ones is the Moon. Using a telephoto or at least a macro lens provides the necessary detail. Then there is the obvious number of other light-related functions: from shooting on bulb exposure at the darkest hour to playing around with the depth of field and the ISO. 

But, most important, the subject has to be there and look right, too. A little bit of science, a little bit of art.

That is what occurred tonight at sunset, when I happened to be outside and happened to have brought my camera with multiple lenses along. And that is why I thanked the Moon for being such an agreeable subject. Easier to work with than some humans, I tell you!

Finally, as is now customary, here is the looping six-second Vine of tonight's Moonrise.  Normally, I shoot these with a smartphone, as opposed to assembling them from photos (I'll do this, too!), hence the difference in appearance. Now, imagine me with multiple cameras, lenses, and tripods getting weird looks from the passers-by. 

"Crazy Moon lady!" - they thought, just like you.