To The Moon and Back

January 31, 2018–Garden City, South Carolina


 

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I’ve always been in love with the sightings of the moon. Last night definitely proved that point as I stood in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperatures, brisk roaring winds, and high tide rolling waves in order to capture some shots of the ‘super blue blood moon.’ I completely underestimated the Atlantic winds and brutal cold, but I wanted to return to the spot I viewed the supermoon in December. It was full of special memories, new beginnings and the spot holds a beautiful space in my heart. Plus, there’s no better way to see the moon glisten brightly, than over a beach with flowing waves.

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I still remember the exact moment when I perfected my first moon shot. It was in Door County, Wisconsin, in the summer of 2016. I was there on a girl’s trip with my mom to visit wine country, enjoy some new food, and view the nature and lively surroundings of the thumb of Wisconsin. I took so many pictures on that trip of nature, sunsets, trees, and then finally an acceptable moon shot. It was a proud moment, seeing the details of the craters in the moon on my DSLR!

And now today, I’m even more obsessed with the moon. It gives me a lot of special memories, and also holds a special place in my relationship.

The moment we stepped on the beach, we actually stopped in awe at both the glow and the reflection in the ocean. It was enough to light up the sky! I really hope all of you got a chance to look outside and catch a glimpse!

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Unfortunately, I was only able to capture the moon this night, (not so much the beach or pier) because as much as I wanted to take photos, my frozen hands and camera just  wouldn’t cooperate. But, I’ll leave you with a few photos, a couple fun edits, and a some fun facts about the ‘super blue blood moon.’

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Why is it called a ‘blue moon?’ The term blue moon was used because a full moon happened twice in the month of January 2018, something that rarely happens in any month. So, of course, it is said to happen, ‘once in a blue moon.’

What makes the moon ‘super?’ The moon is at its Perigee, the closest point to Earth at this time, giving it a spectacular glow and brightness we don’t always get to see. It actually appears 14% larger and 30% brighter.

Where does the ‘blood moon’ name come from? The sun’s light is skimming through the earth’s atmosphere, giving the moon an orange or red glow.

And for those who were able to catch a glimpse of the lunar eclipse, I must say, I’m incredibly jealous! I realized too late it was happening, thinking it would happen into the evening or early next morning. Big loss on my part, I promise to be more on top of it next time!

SUPERMOON Sightings!

December 3, 2017–Garden City, South Carolina


The BIGGEST and BRIGHTEST, ONLY Supermoon of 2017!

I recently ordered a new zoom lens (75-300mm), and I absolutely LOVE it.  What better way to experiment with it, then to get out and shoot the moon!  I was SUPER excited about the upcoming cold supermoon, and had been counting down the days until Sunday’s show in the sky!

I wondered, as I’m sure most of you do, why this particular moon is called a cold moon.  It is for the most obvious reason, the first full moon of December, which is a sign that winter is here. And we all know in the Northern Hemisphere we experience winter in December, and it’s COLD.

But what makes this moon so SUPER??  If you didn’t actually go outside last night, you may not have seen just how bright this moon was shining!  My mom sent me a voicemail, starting ‘OMG TRISHA!’ to which I panicked for a second, only to realize she was in awe of the beauty in the sky!  So just how bright is the moon during a supermoon?  16% brighter, and 7% larger than a normal moon.  Because a full moon is closest to the Earth, you really observe the biggest and brightest views.

I started out the night observing the moon on my balcony in Myrtle Beach.  I had a perfect view of the orange glow through the trees, with just enough light to capture some stunning shots.  I was truly enjoying the bright ambiance in the sky.

After about a thirty minute session on the balcony, I knew I had to relocate and get some more shots, preferably at the beach.  It was perfect timing when a friend invited me to join him for a moon viewing elsewhere.

Next stop, Garden City Beach.  This is one of my favorite spots in the area around Myrtle Beach, so it wasn’t a tough decision to make for relocation. I started out capturing the moon, but of course, knowing my obsession with piers, I had to get some pier shots while I was down there. The little traces of light made for some amazing photos.

I even gave my friend a little teaching lesson and had him capturing my shadows under the pier.  I was knee deep in the Atlantic Ocean, freezing my tail off, always for the love of photography. And of course, the night ended like every night should end…a couple tacos and some good conversation.

Have a look though the gallery and enjoy the captures of my evening!