A couple of months ago there was a Harvest Moon. I actually missed but not before I tried to take pics of it. It had happened the night before. Anyway, before I realized this I decided to try to take some pics of it. I put my camera on the tripod and went out on the deck. I got everything set up and then starting playing around with manual mode. Since I really had no idea what I was doing, I decided to google it. I found the settings I needed but it still wasn’t working. I ended up calling my dad at 11:30 to get a quick crash course on shutter speed. Turns out I hadn’t gone up far enough on the dial to get where I needed to be. So yes, I’m admitting I’ve just now figured out manual mode. Mostly because I didn’t understand the shutter speed settings on my camera. Whomp whomp.
After a few tries I actually got a few pics of the moon, not the Harvest Moon, but the moon. It was a step in the right direction because something about this task made manual mode finally click for me.
Fast forward to Saturday night. It was the first of 3 Super Moons this summer. As Matt and I left dinner, I noticed how big the moon looked. Dad had texted me to see if I was going to take some pics but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to see it from the house. Once we got home, I looked out and saw I had a pretty good view of the moon. I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed outside. I got everything set up and started taking pics. Much to my surprise, they looked pretty good on the screen.
I waited till I got to work this morning before I looked at the rest of the pics. There were a few that sucked, but overall the majority were pretty good (and they turned out!). You can’t really get the full effect of how big it was because I didn’t have a good backdrop for comparison. I mean the neighbors roof wouldn’t really add much, right? But the big win here is that I FINALLY took a pic of the moon! 🙂 And I know how to do it again!
As you can see, my moon pics drastically improved from my non-harvest Harvest Moon pics. (The one above is really the best one I got.) Plus, by the time I figured out what I was really doing, the clouds were starting to roll in. Regardless, I’m really impressed with my latest try!