Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Its about the moon

Over about the last week I have taken the occasional photo of the moon at different times of the night and morning - not obsessed just enjoying the changing nature and clarity.

©2016 Barry Smith - Weird purple light created by sunrise and cloud over a setting moon and distortion created by the camera
The early morning on Monday was particularly unusual - a colourful sunrise as the moon was setting made for some unusual colours as you can see from the photo above. Much of the unusual colour etc was cause by a combination of the autofocus of the camera (Canon Powershot), an early morning bank of cloud rolling in from the west and the sunrise - but more about that later. Unless indicated otherwise all the photos were taken with the Canon Powershot.

First some photos of the changing size and colour and clarity of the moon during different phases.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Purple halo - out of focus moon and star 
©2016 Barry Smith  - Cold grey moon on a clear night
©2016 Barry Smith - Almost full moon on a clear very very early morning
©2016 Barry Smith - Full moon- clear evening
©2016 Barry Smith - Bottom edge of the full moon
Monday morning

©2016 Barry Smith - Full moon - early morning
And now back to that early morning light

©2016 Barry Smith - Blush of sunrise to the left and setting moon to the right (iPhone panorama)
©2016 Barry Smith  - Sunrise - setting moon caught behind a bank of cloud reflecting sunrise light (iPhone panorama)
And early morning moon - distorted light through cloud and the morning atmosphere  - the camera was having trouble focussing and was creating some distortions of colour and light

©2016 Barry Smith  - Distorted light and cloud over the moon
©2016 Barry Smith  - Caught behind apricot clouds (iPhone zoom)
©2016 Barry Smith  - Drift of cloud covers setting moon - purple haze and halo of distorted light
And contrasting grey sky of the setting moon.

©2016 Barry Smith  - Setting moon - free of cloud but seemly against a grey background
Wednesday morning
©2016 Barry Smith - Bottom of the moon disappearing
©2016 Barry Smith - Bottom of the moon disappearing
©2016 Barry Smith - This morning's moon well after sunrise - moon in the blue
©2016 Barry Smith - This morning's moon well after sunrise - moon in the blue
So you can see why I get a bit fixated at times.

And the sunrise this morning

©2016 Barry Smith - A soft clear valley morning with no clouds


  1. when my son was very tiny we would look at the moon and he would chant moon, moony, moon loving the O's and the lovely thing in the sky he sang to. your moons brought back that memory barry. maybe we are all trying to sing to the moon.....

  2. Wow... amazing. And, those close-up moon shots (haha, like they can really be close-ups) are not with a Powershot, are they?

  3. What a stunning series B - and I just love those soft purple haze cloudy moon ones - gorgeous!

  4. Stunning moon and sky images..

  5. V, VA, F, D & MC - so pleased there are other moon lovers out there to share images with. V - such a lovely memory - thanks for sharing. VA - glad you liked them - yes with my common old Powershot. F - the purple haze was unreal - just one of those fluky moments. D & MC - thanks. All - go well. B

  6. Breathtaking, Barry, and your Sureshot is amazing the way it (and you) captures those close ups. Stunning photos. Do we ever get tired of looking at our moon?


Comments are welcomed - it is good to connect with fellow travellers.