This is a new moon at 7.3% (a full moon being 100%). I was standing out in the snow trying to catch this image for almost an hour. I couldn’t see the moon with my naked eye. I used binoculars and searched (and searched). It was also too faint to focus on through the viewfinder. (This image is cropped pretty heavily.) I was just giving up when I finally spotted the thin sliver.
I have tried whenever I could to get photos of the new moon setting. This is the newest I have been able to get (so far). I encourage you photographers out there to try to capture the new moon. It’s a fun challenge. There are several good astronomy apps out there (I use Moon Seeker) … they can really help you locate where the moon is … or plan where it’s going to be. Of course, you also need clear skies.
I was using a tripod and cable release … and used mirror lock up mode to minimize camera shake. That helps get you detail on the moon’s face … (not that there is any to see here).
This was one of my regular walks around Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA … and the sky presented one of its more spectacular displays. I was amazed and really happy I was carrying my camera. Meanwhile, the majority of the walkers were totally oblivious to the scene.
Note: I have been in the process of relocating to Port Townsend … a hundred miles north of Olympia. It has been a very time consuming process. It has taken a toll on my ability to spend time with the camera. As a result, I have gone into the library to find some golden oldies to share. This one is from February 2016.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 100 1/400sec f/8.0
These photos were taken from Marrowstone Island, looking east across Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet) toward Whidbey Island. The glow of the sunset was lighting up the clouds on the north end of the rainbow, while the south end of the rainbow was more complete. The top arc of the ‘bow was not visible.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 116mm (top) and 42mm (bottom)
ISO 640 1/200 sec at f/5.6 (top) 1/50 sec at f/18 (bottom)
There are a lot of forest fires around the world… Washington State hasn’t been hit too bad so far, but we are still catching a lot of smoke from California fires. The smoke can result in some spectacular sunsets … partially making up for the loss of visibility during the rest of the day. For instance, Mt Rainier was hidden by smoke today.
This shot was from my apartment in Olympia on 5 August 2018.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 72mm
ISO 200 1/250sec f/8.0
This was 14 July 2018 at about 9:40PM. I used a tripod to keep the trees and the surface of the moon both in focus at f/6.3 without bumping up the ISO too high. The sunset was just fading and the range of pastels was very nice.