shooting the moon at the blue hour

September 23, 2010

I’m currently enrolled in an online photography class with Kent Weakley about night photography and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve learned much more than I ever expected. We’ve had a few assignments, the first being to get out and shoot during the blue hour, and the second to shoot the moon. I missed the blue hour shoot the first night and though I was out ready and waiting, the moon was behind haze the second night, so I tried to combine both this evening. Here are some of the shots that I got, in order, with some explanation.

I was hoping the moon would have appeared nice and bright just to the left of the Ferris Wheel. No such luck:

Ferris Wheel at Moonrise, Tungsten, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter, Tungsten Setting
ISO 100; F/11; 1/25; 95mm

Hazy MoonThe Hazy Moon at Moonrise, Wednesday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter
ISO 100; F/11; 1/13; 199mm

First Moon Shot, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter
ISO 100; F/3.6; 1/25; 291mm

Another Moon Shot, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter
ISO 100; F/3.7; 1/20; 420mm

Blue Hour Attempt, Tungsten, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter, Tungsten Setting
ISO 100; F/11; 60 seconds; 99mm

Moon Shot, Tungsten, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter, Tungsten Setting
ISO 100; F/6.3; 1/50; 420mm

Another Moon Shot, Thursday Night
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Tiffen 55mm UV Filter
ISO 100; F/11; 1/20; 420mm

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2 Responses to “shooting the moon at the blue hour”

  1. jody says:

    I look forward to following your progress on the night photography course here–really loving "Blue Hour Attempt."

  2. bill says:

    The instructor really liked that one, as well. I'm "eh" about it, but is was the only one with a blue sky. I keep wanting to call "the blue hour" the "violet hour" and while I'm shooting, the Tiresias section of The Waste Land plays over repeatedly in my mind. What I really need to get a shot of is a throbbing, waiting taxi at the blue hour.

    I'll definitely post more shots soon. We have an assignment for stars and light painting and I hope to get to them in the next week. It's been too cloudy at night.

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