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Full Moon #11

Full moon with the tiny silhouette of a jet aircraft crossing its face

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The story behind this image

Standing in my daughter's back garden in the freezing cold admiring the first supermoon of 2018 with my grandsons, I certainly wasn't going to waste the opportunity to take a few photos.

So with my 100-400mm zoom lens fully extended and a fast shutter speed dialled in I took a dozen or so frames, with the intention of choosing the sharpest for further enhancements in Adobe Lightroom.

But what I didn't realise at the time of shooting was that one of the frames had also captured the passage of a jet aircraft across the face of the full moon, rendered as a tiny silhouette.

The serendipitous addition of the aeroplane elevated the image to a whole different level, and instead of just being a technically proficient photo of the moon it became a metaphor for travel, adventure and the insignificance of man when set against the wonders of the universe.

Not bad for what was originally just a grab shot!

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Image data

Filename - moon full 11.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 400mm

Exposure - 1/400 sec @ f8, ISO400

Location - Mold, North Wales

This image - 800x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Fast shutter speed and image stabilisation used to prevent camera movement blur.