A little over a week ago, I was driving home from a meeting. Glancing out to my right a large, orange colored moon grabbed my attention. After a quick discussion with myself I turned right, rather than my usual left, to find a parking spot where I could pull out my camera to “capture” the image.
Each time I stopped, the street, and other, lights restricted my vision. As a result the moon was coming out the usual “white” for me. Finally I decided to continue onto the beach in Delray Beach. After a few photos, I happily remembered my tripod was in the car, so I set it up on the sidewalk behind the bushes, choosing not to go on the dark beach alone.
It was only then that the “big” revelation came. After playing with several settings, including the night scene on my Point and Shoot Canon Power Shot SX10IS, it occurred to me to use the Flash!
Although the distance was, of course, far from the moon, it did alter everything dramatically. I got what had been eluding me on all of my attempted moon shots over the past many months or a couple of years.
All it needed was LIGHT! It was then that I recalled a moon shot I captured in August of 2009, very close to sunset. It was at the beach in Boynton Beach, FL. I much too belatedly recalled that my discovery then had been that having the light brought out the color and texture .
Using the sunset setting on my camera deepened it further and brought out, or added to, the orange. (Note – The blue in the above photo might have been a result of slight manipulation with Photoshop Elements.)
Ironically, when I started searching my photos in iPhoto, I discovered another moon photo with textures that I was very happy to catch and that was earlier this year.
This one was also taken at sunset, in February 2011. Once again, outside light was a factor in getting the kind of full moon photo I keep chasing,
Self-Reflecting Queries -
I invite you to look into your life. Is there a place, or are there places, where you keep chasing “perfection”, where something you did was not “good enough”?
And, if you find that, what is the light you can shine on it to keep the memories and reminders there for you?
Have fun and please share your experiences with perfection, moon and/or light in the COMMENTS below.