Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me

Canon 70-200 zoom lens, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Tonight is one of those great skies that happen when the seasons start to change. The perfect, full moon is still out there, drifting in and out of beautiful clouds, making the most interesting, moody night. It is calling to me, but I'm calling it a night instead and remembering that there will be another full moon in about 4 weeks. I haven't yet been successful, in all my years of photographing the moon, at underexposing it just enough to get it in the shot but have the surface details actually show up. My moon-face is always blown out. But now I have my super-duper lens, so I'll be trying, probably every month, to get some cool new effects. I do love the skies.

Tonight, the photography was what it used to be for me-a refuge, an escape from the normal business of my life. Everything is good and happy, and everyone is well, I just needed a break. To think, to dream a bit. To look on beauty instead of a pile of mail to be sorted or yet another load of laundry. Other than wondering if I was freaking out the neighbors, it was really restorative to stand out in the road, aiming my camera, changing the settings in a precise pattern, then capturing an image that was, for the most part, under my control. I love nature photography because of the chance to be quiet, to slow down, to really look. Plus, I'm left with evidence of my effort, something that is often frustratingly absent from a mother's day.

Canon 70-200 zoom lens, f32, 15 sec.

9 comments:

  1. This post touched my heart. I feel the same way. Nature photography is so wonderful. A chance to capture Gods creations, and marvel upon that which we normally hardly notice. What an accomplishment. I've tried to "shoot the moon" before. Didn't go so well. You did a great job tonight

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  2. Beautiful. I love that you have this to escape to for renewal. I love that your posts touch my soul, and that you can express your feelings so beautifully. Thank you for sharing this.

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  3. You're pictures are awesome!
    I have been thinking lately about how often we take for granted the beautiful scenery around us. It really does make you feel closer to our creator to stop for a moment.

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  4. Beautiful!! I am just loving the gothic nature of your last 2 posts!! Awesome!!;)

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  5. Oh, I love them. I need to take some nature pics so it's not always so frantic and MAKE THE KID SMILE-y. I love that second one.

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  6. Absolutely beautiful, Kellie. :) You inspire me.

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  7. those are some beautiful shots, Kellie. I especially like the second one, with all the colors. If you ever want to come over, my backyard has only the one tree (and it's still really small), and you can take pictures and we can talk about the moon and stars and whatever you would like.

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  8. Those are seriously amazing pictures Kelly.

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  9. Stunning shots and your last lines really resonated with me....there is something so comforting and awe inspiring in those quiet moments surrounded by natural beauty. And you are so right about the reward that comes with the "evidence of your effort". Look forward to seeing more of your skies in the future.

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Thank you for sharing your insights!