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Crescent moon #8

Crescent moon in a clear blue sky at dusk

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The story behind this image

I have a fascination for all things astronomical - sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, meteors - and I really enjoy the beauty on display in the heavens combined with the technical challenges involved in photographing them.

Mind you, having said that, one of my favourite astronomical subjects to photograph is also the easiest, the moon of course.

One of the reason I enjoy photographing the moon so much is that, unlike the sun, which remains pretty much the same, the moon goes through a twenty eight day cycle (a lunar month).

This takes it from the new moon, through to a full moon and back again to invisibility.

My favourite lunar phases for viewing and photographing are the couple of evenings and mornings either side of the new moon, when the thin crescent is visible close to the horizon and the surrounding sky is still lit by the light of sun, just below the horizon.

The delicate shape of the moon, set in a glowing sky, is just a lovely sight, and one I'll continue to admire and photograph as long as I'm able.

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Image data

Filename - moon crescent 08.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/25 sec @ f5.6, ISO200

Filters - None.

Location - North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, cable release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera movement.