I see the bad moon arising, I see trouble on the way.

A few nights ago when I took the dog for her last walk, I noticed this really nice set of clouds around our local church. The full moon was drifting in and out between them and casting a lovely light on the spire. So I went home to get my camera and tripod, but when I got back out again, the clouds had thickened, and it looked like it might be a very long time before the moon got another chance to shine through them. Oh well.

I saw almost the same scene yesterday evening, just a bit later in the evening, so the moon was higher in the sky. I’m afraid I rushed the dog a little in order to get home to grab camera and tripod before the scene disappeared again.

Luckily there’s a ladder going onto the roof of a nearby supermarket, with a great view towards the church, avoiding the clutter of houses and parked cars.

It was way to dark to autofocus, so I just turned the focus ring to “infinity”. I tried an exposure at 30 seconds, but that came out too dark, so I set the camera to bulb, counted to somewhere around 40 seconds and hoped for the best. After this second shot, the moon disappeared, like that first evening, so I had to go with what I had.

Ideally I would have liked to shoot it a bit earlier, so that moon had been a bit lower in the sky. So maybe I should teach the dog to beg for an earlier walk…

The focus is a bit off (note to self: that lens can focus “beyond infinity”, so next time it might be an idea to grab a small flashlight as well), but I don’t think it matters too much. It was always meant to be about the mood, rather than an accurate architectural shot. Adjusted the white balance to emphasize the cold, blue moonlight and the yelow tone on the church spire.