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Craters on the face of the Moon #1

Moon at half phase at night with craters

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The story behind this image

The moon makes for a fascinating photographic subject, not least because of the phases that it cycles through during the 28 day lunar month.

From the thin crescent of a new moon at dusk to the full moon setting at sunrise, there's always something different to enjoy.

One phase of the moon that I hadn't paid much attention to before now was the quarter phase, when the moon's face is half in sunlight and half in darkness.

But I came to realise that this particular phase was great for picking out craters on the moon's surface, as the light from the sun is striking the moon at 90° to my viewpoint, casting shadows from the craters' edges and thus highlighting the surface irregularities.

So I took advantage of a clear, windless night in August 2019 to shoot hundreds of frames of the quarter moon as it traversed downwards through a darkening sky, in order to create my Moon Timelapse #14 video, from which I selected this one frame to present as a still image.

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Image data

Filename - moon craters 01

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/50 sec @ f5.6, ISO3200

Filters - None.

Location - North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is one of hundreds taken to create my Moon Timelapse #14 video.