SuperMoon – August 2015

Last night I went out to capture the fabled “supermoon” . . . to me it looked like any other full moon.

20150829_DSC1692_1_DSC1692jpgDigimarcI watched it for a while waiting for it to do something “super”. I snapped a few more photos as I waited.


20150829_DSC1694_1_DSC1694jpgDigimarcI waited a little longer, snapped one more photo . . .

20150829_DSC1690_1_DSC1690jpgDigimarc. . . and then remembered a post by mvschulze from a few days ago. 

He had managed to capture a jet passing right in front of the nearly-full moon. I mean, it wasn’t a “supermoon”, but it was a pretty neat photo.

Instantly, I was overcome with the 6th Deadly Sin. The memory also triggered a severe blow to the 7th Deadly Sin, diminishing the appreciation for my own photographic accomplishments.

Lifting a fist to the sky, I cursed this Universe and all its sister Universes and called upon them for my rightful reward for the many years I had dedicated to showing their wonders both here on Earth and . . . well, OK, just here on Earth. 

A flutter of mighty wings kicked up a fierce wind that had me take a step backward . . . but I still managed to take this shot of the Galactic Night Hawk on the wing.


Somewhat appeased, I was then struck by the 3rd Deadly Sin; I wanted more. And not just more, but a specific shot conforming with the shape of the moon.

I braced myself as once again a gale threatened to unsettle my amazing balance. Calling upon my powerful muscles (I’ve been working out), I readied the camera to capture this perfectly timed shot.


Temporarily appeased, I looked to see what other celestials wonder I might spy. I looked for Ursa Major or Ursa Minor, but clouds to the North were obscuring both.

But then, looking back at the moon, the supermoon, the Universe really came through . . . 

20150829_DSC1690_1_DSC1690-Processed-7jpgDigimarcI should give some technical photography advice here. For this shot, you really want to get down low to the ground so as to have only the bear outlined against the moon and none of the background. I was really, really low.

That was not necessary for the next opportunity that presented itself . . . 


. . . or the next . . . 


I didn’t even know hummingbirds flew at night, but apparently the light of a full moon is enough for them to see.  Amazing.

Wanting a plane, I once again called on the great consciousness of the Universe, this time with less hubris and more whiny pleading. I asked it for a ship of the sky, thinking I might get points for poetic language . . . 


Apparently the Universe is not much into poetic language. By the way, this is another photograph I really had to get low to shoot.

Bowing to literal convention, I asked, pleaded for an airplane. I even repeated the request with the more formal ‘aeroplane.’ 

The Universe seemed a little tired—  irritated, even — with all my demands, but it provided the (figurative) Holy Grail.


I could tell the Universe by now was miffed with my insistent whining.

. . . I could tell because it gave me this . . . 


I don’t recall ever being as eager to get indoors nor moving as fast to do so.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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The Equalizer

The Equalizer

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19 Responses to SuperMoon – August 2015

  1. oneowner says:

    I had a spider that size in my bathroom last night. These are all very exciting but keep at it untill you get a man in a cape flying past the moon.


  2. sandra getgood says:

    Or how about a man holding a big hammer?


  3. Ranger says:

    But didn’t you see the Man in the Moon eating cheese? Clear as a bell here. Speaking of bells…

    Thanks for making me laugh, ejd!

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  4. colonialist says:

    You are quite extraordinarily lucky with these amazing shots, which of course one takes without saying are free of any artifice or manipulation. All I get between the moon and my camera is (often dense) cloud.


  5. Haha you had me going for a second ;)


  6. mvschulze says:

    Geez! Now I have to prove to “the people” that “my” shot was ligit! So I’ve contacted the pilot of the plane in question, (no easy task,) and obtained a affidavit stating unequvocally that he was flying in front of the moon that night! Oh, and that’s Don’t forget the “c” or you’ll never get anywhere! M:-)


  7. You had me until the bear…and believing everything you say, and post, I even tried to figure out how the bear got up there and then it became this long talk with myself about was that possible and then…well…Ha! snort Thanks for the laughs! :-D Super post, Emilio! :-P
    I think the moon is super EVERY night! :-)
    Hey, don’t let those deadly sins bug you! ;-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  8. AnnMarie says:

    A lighthearted post . . . just what I needed today.

    P. S. Suits you more than those downhearted ones.


  9. disperser … I’m glad the Universe cooperated with you, but I think I’ve been had. Great fun, though.

    I tried your suggestions for editing my photos from Vegas. One of them is posted on the Mt. Charleston visit. You’re right. Picassa was not much help. Which one would you recommend? Again, thanks for your help. ;-)


    • disperser says:

      Personally, I would recommend Lightroom. It has a lot of power but it’s not destructive to the originals (meaning it does not permanently modify the original) and it can be fairly simple to use for beginners (move sliders around to see what they do or use some of the included presets to see how it works).

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