Flipping open my phone, I found the following:
"Dude, you better be outside taking pictures of
this moon and the blue landscape!"
I sent back a quick text:
"I have no idea what you're talking about...
but I'm running out the door to look."
It was full, and bright, and formed an eerie glowing ring around it. I tried to snap a few photos, but thought a big glowing ball in the center of the frame might make for a rather boring shot, so I almost leaned against my building, and shot straight up into the air.
If I tried to get the moon in sharp focus, the ring around it...and most of the building, for that matter...disappeared from the frame. So I settled for this shot, which makes the moon look almost like a headlight. It wasn't...but it was close. And I kind of like the weird angle of this shot.
And the ring. Had to get the ring. That's not a camera trick...that was actually visible in the sky.
Here's where I first understood what my buddy meant when he said "the blue landscape." The moon was glowing so brightly that it illuminated the earth pretty well, and as I stood outside of my car and looked around, there was a faint blue tint to everything.
As I stared at the moon straight above me, I knew there was no chance to get a shot that would include both the moon and any part of the landscape for reference, so I took out my zoom lens and fooled around with a few settings that I'm sure a professional would tell me weren't the "correct" ones...but as I brought the moon into focus in the middle of the frame, it showed a little detail and some of its features, and that was good enough for me.
I clicked around with my camera until my fingertips were nearly frozen, and hoped that I had something on my card that would look good on the screen.
It's not an artsy moon shot, and it's cropped so it looks more like a photo that you'd see in a textbook to define parts of the moon's surface.
But I took it. And I think it rocks.
I don't think I've ever been as grateful for
txt msging (and txt msgrs!) as I was on Saturday night.
"Yeah we all shine on,
like the moon,
and the stars,
and the sun."