IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #599 – Looking for direction while waiting on the moon

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You know you have some patience problems when you feel the moon is late coming up. I knew by Thursday night’s moon, that Friday’s moonrise would be just perfect. So I scouted around looking for a locale for the perfect moonrise position. Failing finding the desired “Moonrise over Hernandez” locale, I settle for a weather vane in my backyard.

I have this program on my ipad that is supposed to show me exactly where and when the moon will cometh. Problem is, I have yet to comprehend the mysteries of Stonehenge or the coordination of the pyramids and the whole solar-lunar cycle, much less a computer app. I am little more than “one small step for man” behind prehistoric man. I read the program, study it, look at it and set up my camera accordingly for the absolute right local and time.  Only thing is, the program doesn’t take into the account of a large hill, almost a mountain that sits between me and the proposed moonrise.

So, I wait, watching, checking the program, all the while declaring “it’s late”. Pacing, silently cursing and totally bewildered why this program didn’t bother to inform me of the heavy cloud bank that sits another thousand feet above the mountain.

None the less, I have camera set on tripod knowing exactly where, if not when the moon will make it’s appearance. Finally, an hour late and many degrees to the north of my plan she gives me a peek through the clouds. A frantic few seconds of repositioning tripod, reframing the shot while tripping over 2 dogs and 3 cats who wonder what the heck I am doing out in their territory at this time of night.

Does NASA have these problems?

enjoy the view! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

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4 thoughts on “IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #599 – Looking for direction while waiting on the moon

  1. Jim, I would enjoy your work a lot better without the watermarks. Just sayin…. Frank


    1. Frank…..I hear you, I am not real happy about having to put watermarks on my images. Without the watermark my images are essentially free to download and use. They can still be downloaded, but the watermark makes them harder to use.
      I also don’t really like having to lock my house or my car, or feel the need to have a CCP but that is life.
      I earn my living from my images and I do not wish to give them away. Probably just as you would not like giving windows away for free.
      thanx for looking, even through the watermarks……..jim

    1. Alison…….I used a 85-200 zoom with a 1.4 ext tube, which gave an effective focal length of 420mm, a Nikon 300s body. Exposure 1/250 at f11 iso 200. Had a Nikon SB900 electronic flash set up about 4-5 feet from the weather vane to equal out the exposure. Post processed in photoshop CS6…………..Varsågod… en theos ††† jim

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