Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Clouds wooing the full Moon - a Photo Story

Full Moon and Clouds Photography
It is not a Story of immortal Love you find in Novels, it's very earthly, rather corporeal!
It had been more than 2 years since I last captured full moon photos. My tripod was lying unused under a thick coat of dust in the storeroom and there was a sense of guilt somewhere in my mind for ignoring night photography for quite a sometime. Day before yesterday had a full moon night and I was ready with my gears on our roof. Beating the jealous mosquitoes, I clicked lunar photos in three episodes- early evening, around 10 PM and finally by 2:30 AM. Other than the position of the moon if anything changed with time was the cloud wooing her at that very moment! I was so fascinated with all those attempts of courtship from different clouds passing by the gorgeous beauty that it became impossible to leave my photo post without a pinch of fiction it deserves.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
All were blind in her dazzling aura. She too had scars. Sadly nobody was interested in her story.
If you dropped by in search of a photo story, you'll find it in captions below photographs and in that case you may skip these paragraphs. But if you're a point and shooter and interested to click similar or better full moon photos then cling on to learn few handy tricks while photographing the only natural satellite of our planet, located as close as 384,400 kilometers!
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
Black clouds chose her for she was white and she chose them for the cover...
Three things you need while capturing the full moon with your ordinary point and shoot camera are- a tripod, patience and slight knowledge of two photographic terminologies- exposure value (EV) and ISO. For first two requirements I can't help you but regarding EV number and ISO here's my one cent. If you go into physics, EV is a pretty complex thing corresponding to a combination of shutter speed and aperture setting. We'll only talk business here and right now our business is photographing the full moon or clouds caressing her.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
At her distant sight thousand clouds would run for the enigmatic whiff of her cologne.
Limitation in our simple point and shoot cam is we have no control over the shutter speed and f-number. But, we can tweak with the EV and ISO to get some exquisite moon photos. For a scene like the fourth or seventh photograph simply adjusting the right ISO would do. Usually, an ISO value between 200 to 400 gives you acceptable moonlit scenes provided the camera is stabilized over a tripod. To minimize chances of getting the photo blurred while pressing the shutter, opt for the 'self timer' mode. Take multiple shots of the same frame.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
Then she submits her to their passion play and act of love. Does she feel any heat?
To capture the interplay between clouds and the silvery moon, you have to zoom in, lower the ISO to 100-200 (provided clouds are well lit as in the fifth photograph), lock your focus on the prominent cloud by half pressing the shutter if the moon is behind the veil of clouds and keep the shutter pressed in 'continuous shooting' mode till you get a series of shots of the moving subjects.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
Grossness of black clouds make them interpret her flushed face as blushing at their touch!
If the moon is not yet covered by clouds then it's time to alter the EV. Set it to -2.0, lock the focus on moon by half pressing your camera shutter and then take a series of continuous shots as mentioned in the previous paragraph. If you don't adjust the EV, you'll probably miss out those delicate craters on the moon surface.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
Even after hours of explicit courtship and apparent immorality she shines while clouds disperse!
Always remember, the sensor in your point and shoot camera is a small one, probably 1/2.3" in size, so, there'll be some noise (graininess) in your captured photos which you can minimize but can not eliminate fully. Thus it's wise to click two additional shots of the same scene with ISO values one step up and one step down respectively, e.g- if you're shooting with ISO 200, take another two shots in the same condition at ISO 100 and 400 respectively. Later you'll be left with option to select in your computer screen the scene with maximum details and minimum noise.
Full Moon and Clouds Photography
Moon is used to their hollow promises and lustless wooing. She obliges them for the universe.
On next full moon night try moon photography from your roof and later thank me by commenting below once you're happy with your captures. Feel free to shoot your queries, doubts and anything else that may be relevant to this interesting subject.

16 comments:

  1. And they are downsized? Beautiful I am thinking of the original resolution....hauntingly beautiful!

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    1. Yes it's not easy to upload 3-6 MB file size, considering the cost and speed of internet in our place :-P
      Thanks a lot Datta..............

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  2. You enjoyed clicking and we enjoyed riding in moon light !!! Last couple of days, really enjoyed the night rides in moon light !!

    Great pictures though !!

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    1. Wow...lucky lanky fellow :-P
      Would love to see the experience and photos in your site :-))

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  3. I didnt get the technical stuff about the camera..because I was too busy staring at the amazing pictures !
    They are breathtaking !

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    1. So sweet of you Ritika... very encouraging for me indeed :-)

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  4. Hey Datta Such a nice post. thanks for the efix.. I have tried this many times but i am a bad photographer. May be I will try this out

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    1. Thanks Soma... may be you should try again and share your prey with us :-)

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  5. Beautiful clicks and story surrounding it. I didn't read technical tips :P

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    1. I'm sure someday you'll take interest in very basic technicalities associated with Point and shoot photography, if not your DSLR :-P

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    2. I have such wonderful photographers around me, I don't need to :P

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    3. Ah ok... interests may change with time, so why to say 'never' :-)

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    1. I'm glad you found it romantic... thanks Tomichan :-)

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  7. Beautiful pics!! Excellent captions!

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