Tuesday, March 18, 2014


A moonset is not nearly as showy as a sunset. In fact a moonrise and moonset come and go without much notice. A moonset can happen almost any time of the day (this was shot at 7:29 AM). The apparent light in the sky does not depend on moonlight.

On the other hand, the sun rises and falls, dividing the day into light and dark, and creates transitions in oranges, yellows and reds.

But the moon appears and disappears discreetly.


  1. Moonlight on a very clear night in winter is surprisingly bright. You've given yourself lots more ideas for moon shots.

  2. We have had some incredibly clear skies this past week. I saw stars for the first time in a long time.

  3. Artistically, I much prefer moonsets and moonrises to their solar counterparts. They require a little more work and a little more skill to make them work. Composition is more important because usually there is no "wow" colour factor to deflect attention from poor composition. Also exposure has to be more accurate since it is so easy to blow out the moon. In other words, a moon shot allows the photographer to add a little of his own vision into the shot. Just as you have done with your shot John. I especially like where you've positioned the moon.