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Blue Monday: Holiday Blues

Moonrise Over Kastri Island

Moonrise over Kastri Island

Blue Monday: Holiday Blues

We’re off to our beloved Kos again! I shall be taking a bit of a break for the next couple of weeks. Don’t worry though, the cameras are coming with me off course and I will have plenty to share on my return! For now I will leave you with an image taken last year of the moon rising over Kastri Island. Simon and I got married just in front of the little chapel you can see on the left of the island. Can’t wait to be back!

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor
Smiling Sally

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Taste Of Autumn: Harvest Moon

Taste Of Autumn: Harvest Moon

Yes, yes, yes, I have split-toned the beautiful, full moon to give it a shade of Autumn 😉

Many people do believe that a Harvest Moon (full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) will appear in autumnal colours.

In actual fact the name derives from the days before tractor lights when the lamp of the Harvest Moon helped farmers to gather their crops, despite the diminishing daylight hours.

As the sun’s light faded in the west, the moon would soon rise in the east to illuminate the fields throughout the night.

Harvest Moon

The shorter-than-usual time between moonrises around the full Harvest Moon means no long period of darkness between sunset and moonrise for days in succession. Many of us living in built-up areas won’t actually notice this!

I very much want to do some astrophotography with the telescope but I need to get all the correct barlow lenses and T-ring adapters!

I took this photo using a tripod, my 75-300mm Sony lens at 300mm, ISO 100, f8, 1/250sec, cropped and processed in Lightroom.

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Ashen Glow

Ashen Glow

Ashen Glow, or Earthshine, is the term for the reflected earthlight visible on the Moon’s night side. You can see it best when there’s a lovely crescent moon shortly after the New Moon, as we all saw this evening. Ashen Glow has inspired poetry and art from me for many years. Such ethereal beauty 🙂

In this montage I’ve used two different exposures to show you both the earthshine moon and the crescent itself in more detail.

I took the photos on Sony DSLR with tripod at 300mm f5.6. Looking forward to when we have some attachments for Simon’s telescope and maybe I can bring you a bit more detail on my moon photos. You can see some more on my Facebook page (link through image)

Jupiter and all four of her moons are visible at the moment for anyone else out there who’d like to join their love of photography with a bit of astronomy!