Nikon 600, 24- 85mm, ISO 80, f/5.6, 20 sec, Lightroom
Even before photography, we've all experienced nightfalls that encouraged us to pause to mindlessly gaze at the moon and the stars. Velvety hues of midnight blues fading to ebony illicit moods from romance to melancholy. During the October timeframe, giggles of chilly delight emerge as children and adults participate in the Halloween season.
It's not every day we see the night in deep splendor. When we photograph sunrises and sunsets, we typically research weather and sun patterns. Moon photography requires the same intentional planning.
In the midwest, northern Michigan's Leelanau County and Northport, MI near the 45th Parallel has lingering summer days and short summer nights. The land distance on the north end of the Leelanau Peninsula between Lake Michigan and Grand Traverse Bay is just a few miles. You can start and end your day with an array of rose and blue topaz tinted skies that fade into diverse moonscape views.
Moon photography captures the simple essence of bright and dark, texture and the lack thereof. As a new photographer, it's a playground to test what you know. It's also helpful to do research beforehand.
Nikon offers how-to tutorial articles. Their Photographing the Night Sky is filled with idea generating images along with artistic tips and camera settings. Google searches of How to Shoot the Moon will provide you with a host of sites with tips, whether it is just a full moon or a desired moonscape image you are shooting for.
Nikon 7100, Sigma 150-500, f/6.3, 1/125 sec, Lightroom
Moon views and evenings are meant to be shared, so bring your partner or a friend. A glass of wine to celebrate the evening before returning home to process your work is highly recommended.