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Cracked Supermoon

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 7 April 2011 in Landscape & Rural.

The full moon in March is traditionally referred-to as the "Worm Moon" by First Nation - Native Americans because the soil generally begins to thaw and loosen in March and the worms begin their activity. This year, in addition to the traditional name, the March Full Moon was also dubbed "Supermoon" because of its brightness and proximity to the earth during this particular cycle. These factors helped to make the moon appear much larger than a "normal" full moon would appear. That evening of March 19, 2011, Barbara and I drove out to Merrill Creek Reservoir in Western New Jersey to watch the moonrise. It was getting dark by the time we got there and my poor little Olympus Evolt E-510 is a sweet little DSLR but due to several factors that I won't bore you with, it just has no chance in low light scenes without throwing out tons of noise into the image quality, so I simply did what I could by "going with it" and I tried to capture this moon rising when it was still low to the horizon. I caught the moon behind some trees as it rose. Of course, as dark as it was, I could not include a foreground element, but later, after cropping just a bit at home, I was happy to see some good color and feature on the moon - and the shadows of the tree branches made the moon look like it had giant cracks in it. So there you have it - my "Cracked Supermoon."

OLYMPUS E-510 1/5 second F/16.0 ISO 400 180 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/5 second
F/16.0
ISO 400
180 mm

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