Sunday, December 7, 2014

Waning gibbous, December 7, 2014

Clouds covered the Moon most of the time since December 4. We finally had some visibility the night of December 6, but by then the Full Moon had already been and gone. When I finally took these photos in the early morning hours of December 7, clouds were racing across the face of the Moon.

3:47 AM. High shutter speed, contrast and brightness enhanced, unsharp masking applied. Wispy, fast-moving clouds creating dimness in lower right.

3:48 AM, standard automatic settings. Brightness diminished, contrast enhanced, unsharp masking applied.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Waxing gibbous, December 4, 2014

The weather has been unsettled lately, with snow and rain and lots of clouds. Photographing the Moon has been a hit-or-miss operation. Last night the moon was Waxing Gibbous, nearly Full, and I saw a chance during breaks in the clouds, so I took it.  

The Moon in context. Note Orion shrouded in clouds, emerging over the house. December 4, 2014, 10:27 PM.

Automatic settings, December 4, 2014, 10:29 PM. Unsharp masking applied to bring out detail.

High shutter speed settings, brightness and contrast manually adjusted, unsharp masking applied. December 4, 2014, 10:31 PM.