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All about Shooting the Moon...

... been there, done that ...

from Don Norris

For years now, my main mission -- well, one of my main missions -- was to Shoot The
Moon. And for several years now, I have marched out to the golf links, in the
dark, to catch a shot of our moon. But it has never worked out. One night it
started raining, another night something went haywire with the camera, and then,
on the third try -- well, read on.





I mean, in spite of what the headlines say, I haven't been to the moon. Ooh, on
occasions I thought I was there -- you know, drinking too much or making love ...

But in reality, I am NOT one of those fortunate astronauts who have, actually,
motored to the moon. Yes, there were a couple of Americans who have walked on Moon
surface. They even brought back specimens -- of dirt -- to figure what the moon is
all about.

It seems it's not all gold nor silver.

But that's not the question here. My subject is MY experience in trying to shoot
the moon, literally, with my super-duper Canon camera. The project has lasted
several years, but I must admit, I ain't shot a good moon picture in all that
time.

Like, it was out of focus, it was moving too fast, clouds screwed up my view ...
you know. I mean, shooting the moon is a hard thing to do. For example, it is
thousands of miles away. For example, it's light ain't too bright. Third, maybe I
don't know what on earth I'm doing.



Well, since the weathermen say that the distance between our two planets is as
close as it ever will become (hopefully) -- it seems a good time, at full moon, to
go ahead and try again. Break out the tripod, select which camera to use, wait for
a clear night -- all of which hasn't worked out right, and now the moon is NOT
full any more, it's not as bright as before, it's getting farther and farther away
... and my patience is running low.

But I did try. I gave it the old college try -- not once, but on several nights,
last week. About all I got was clouds, blurred images, birds flying by, clouds
making things fuzzy -- and failure. So I still don't have a good portrait of the
Moon.

Last week, when it was the closest that it has come in the past three decades,  I
tried again. Man, the moon was brilliant in the pitch-black sky. All I had to do
was to put the camera on automatic, set up the tripod, and squeeze off a couple
dozen frames.

"Nuttin' honey', as they say. My light meter was reading the vast darkness of the
night. And while the moon was at it's brightest, it wasn't bright enough to
twiddle my light meter. And so, the moon was grossly over-exposed.



I finally figured it out -- and feeling kind of dumb, I tried again, the next
night. Trouble was, there were high, fuzzy clouds around our part of the earth, so
that my new setting produced a crumby blurred light-gray circle in a field of
shaded darkness. Failed again. Damned clouds!

Well, that's it for now. I will try again at the next full moon, for I am
determined to get the ultimate moon shot.


December 2, 2016


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