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What a surprise...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 4 October 2009 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Don Smith, this one is for you!

I was talking on the phone to a newly widowed friend, when I spotted this moon coming up over the trees. Fortunately the camera was on the tripod in the living room; I grabbed it, went outside and clicked the shutter. I never even took a second shot before going back inside. There wasn't a break in the conversation and the caller wouldn't have understood my passion for the shot! This is what I captured on my little point 'n shoot. :D

Canon PowerShot S2 IS 1/15 second F/3.5 72 mm

January 1st is around the corner, along with an end to my daily posts, at least for now.
Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


* Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ... <)))><
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Marion from Nanaimo, BC, Canada

and what an incredible shot it was. The moon is huge. It looks like a harvest moon Judy.

4 Oct 2009 5:14am

@Marion: It truly was a harvest moon ... the surprise of my life! xx

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Judy - I think you made Don proud with this image! Great work! It's funny because I probably shot the same moonrise a few hours later in California. That is great work while talking on the phone and using your point and shoot! I guess some people can multi-task!

4 Oct 2009 5:32am

@Scott F. Schilling: Thank you, Scott, and I do hope Don sees this image. I've not been able to duplicate it, but will keep trying!

Doug from Long Beach, United States

The moon was huge tonight, and this is very apropos for that.

4 Oct 2009 5:36am

@Doug: Thank you, Doug ... it wasn't huge here on the east coast this year.

Bill Brown from California, United States

Wow! Awesome capture. I went out this evening to shoot the moonrise, however, there were clouds near the horizon and the moon did not appear until about 30 minutes later. All was not lost because I was able to get some good sunset shots.

4 Oct 2009 7:29am

@Bill Brown: Clouds are our nemesis, aren't they. :D
Glad you got some good sunsets, though.

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

You must have been happy about the result, I am admiring !

Wonderful Sunday to you!

( We have a first snow storm today :)

4 Oct 2009 8:00am

@Leena: Thank you, Leena, and yes, I was happy with the results.
Have a good week. Staring Friday, I'll be away for two weeks so my comments will have to wait.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Judy, we both watched this huge moon and wished we could have captured such a view.....but it is cloudy here, we are between typhoons and had a break only today! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!

4 Oct 2009 10:35am

@Japanalia: This is an archived image, but it was amazing. I was thrilled to capture it when I did. xx

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fantastic, considering the conditions of the shot.

4 Oct 2009 10:41am

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

Great shot--composition and lovely details in the moon.

4 Oct 2009 11:00am

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

that´s very impressive! and I love your story ;) You did good - in both ways ( that would be minus 1 person who calls you obsessive *lol* - been there)
I only remember 1 sight of the moon so big and red - more than 20y ago =) and so camera around!

4 Oct 2009 12:38pm

@daniela scharnowski: Thank you so much for your warm comment, Daniela. It truly was a lucky capture. ♥

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

sorry - NO camera around =)

4 Oct 2009 12:38pm

Leena from Joensuu, Finland

Judy, I took the nesting photo away, because it was very unclear :) Sorry!

I have to take a real brake because of lack of time for photos now.
Everything is still fine, a new baby is there, where he should be at least two weeks more, but I am worried and a little tired about traveling back and forth, you understand.
We all are hoping, that everything will go well.

Thank you for your visit my site!

4 Oct 2009 12:39pm

@Leena: Please, Leena, take care of your family ... they come first!
Thank you for all your caring comments.
Blessings, my friend, Judy

Chris from South Jersey, United States

well done for a "spur of the moment" shot!! I saw the same moon last night but by the time I noticed it we were on our way to worship team practice and I didn't have my the colors....

4 Oct 2009 12:55pm

@Chris: I guess we all need to have a lunar calendar ready to get these shots, but most of us don't.
Blessings, Judy

susan from United States

Superb shot, no matter the circumstances!! Was this Saturday night? I saw a huge moonrise last night, at the wedding reception....but did not get a chance to shoot it the way I wanted to!! The perils of being paid to shoot a wedding!!

4 Oct 2009 12:58pm

@susan: No, Susan, this was several years ago, but it's still a memorable evening!

warnesworld from Norwich, United Kingdom

Lovely shot, wonderful opportunism, congratulation.

4 Oct 2009 1:08pm

@warnesworld: Thank you so much.

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Fabulous capture! Bravo! Bravo! Don has got to feel very proud of you. (It's amazing what point and shoots can sometimes produce.)

4 Oct 2009 1:38pm

@john4jack: Thanks, Jack, and as for the point 'n shoot, I've never been able to duplicate this shot w/my DSLR. <pout>

Barbara from Florida, United States

Amazing! You managed to comfort not only your friend but your passion. A shot you could not have missed. Having the camera on the tripod helped with your multi-tasking.
It is a phenomenal shot of the moon.

4 Oct 2009 1:57pm

@Barbara: It was one of those 'do as you must & want to, but also do what you dream of' moments. :D

Brett from McAllen, United States

Great shot! You were so lucky to have our camera ready for when you spotted this opportunity. Very nicely done. I've never been able to catch the moon so big. Don Smith would be proud.

4 Oct 2009 4:03pm

@Brett: I've never had this opportunity before .. or since, even with my DSLR. :(
Thank you.

Yvon from Orleans, France

wow, what an amazing capture

4 Oct 2009 4:13pm

Don Smith from California, United States

Very well done Judy! Using the tree branches for scale was perfect. Moon's near the horizon are always a treat - glad you spotted it.

4 Oct 2009 5:10pm

@Don Smith: Thanks, Don ... and as I've said to others, I've never been able to duplicate this w/my DSLR. <pout>

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Wonderful moon and night sky...glad you were set up for that shot...perfect framing.
Funny that you maintained your phone conversation though out. Great idea.

4 Oct 2009 5:57pm

@Dulcie: Thank you. Taking 'care' of my friend was foremost, but my passion kicked in and I just HAD to take the shot! :D

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Magnificent! Incredible! Well done Judy :))

4 Oct 2009 6:14pm

@Magda: :D

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Incredible shot Judy! And to have it come so natural for you....while talking on the phone and snapping the shot at the same time ;) Really Beautiful!

4 Oct 2009 6:20pm

@Lambspun: Sadly, I've not been able to take another shot like this w/my DSLR. :(

uvaraj from United States

Judy, thank you for your kind comment. Wonderful shot here. I assume its the moon. Have been trying to get this one for a while. Its yet to be closer for where I live, for my 250mm.

4 Oct 2009 6:41pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

beautiful ,superb shot :)

4 Oct 2009 6:43pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Judy! How absolutely awesome - and you make it sound like it's a piece of cake to take a great shot like this is. I could try for a hundred different moons and never come up with something so visually exciting. I congratulate you, lady. You're one of the best! And to do it up even more, you framed it perfectly with the tree and leafy branches.

4 Oct 2009 8:04pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you so much, Glenn, and I have to give that little point 'n shoot the credit. I've never been able to do it with my DSLR, which is so frustrating. I haven't masters the aperture/f-stop settings for anything like this. Maybe I should just go back to a point 'n shoot. :(

Betty from Phillipsburg, United States

Oh, Judy. One of the most spectacular moon shots I have ever seen. And what a shoot! If you had planned it, it never would have been as beautiful. I LOVE this type of experience! Bravo!

4 Oct 2009 8:39pm

@Betty: Thank you, Betty ... and why I can't duplicate this is terribly frustrating! :D

Krisu from Tampere, Finland

OHHH and WOW WOW WOW! What a capture!

4 Oct 2009 9:00pm

@Krisu: Thank you, thank you, thank you! xx

Christophe Esnard from Angoulême, France

Wouaw ! What a spectacular shot !

4 Oct 2009 9:59pm

@Christophe Esnard: Thank you very much! Merci!

Lisa from United States


5 Oct 2009 1:50am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Judy, one other item - thanks for the poem on my blog! I appreciate it!

5 Oct 2009 3:27am

@Scott F. Schilling: The words are actually words to the song. :D

Carol from United States

cute story to go along with the nice pic

5 Oct 2009 4:41pm

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


5 Oct 2009 4:44pm

ripple from Nottingham, United Kingdom

Amazing shot.

5 Oct 2009 6:38pm

Canon PowerShot S2 IS
1/15 second
72 mm