This week, @zord189 has us creating our posts based on a picture of something bright. I thought and thought but could not think of anything I could take a picture of that’s bright, besides the sun or the moon. So on the night before the full Wolf Moon, (Jan. 9th), I went outside and captured the best that I could, the Wolf Moon on Wolf Moon eve.
I didn’t really know it was the night before the Wolf Moon until a couple days later, or I would have gotten the Wolf Moon instead on the next night when it was full. There’s no value in chastising myself for missing it since there’s nothing I can do about it now.
Anyway, I took my little Nikon Coolpix S6800 outside and got about the best shot of the moon I could. It was very bright, and I had to zoom all the way to get the moon’s features rather than just a blazing bright blob against a dark sky. The camera automatically goes into the artificial zoom past a certain point, so the features aren’t as good as a better camera would have done.
As a photographer, I’m a complete amateur, so even though I love to take pictures, it’s just total luck if I end up taking a picture that might be considered good. I think most good photographers see something, process in their minds what the shot will look like with the settings they are using on their camera and then take the picture expecting a great result.
When I take pictures, it’s more like I see something, take a picture of it, and then possibly when I look at it later, I say to myself, “That’s a nice photo.” So my process is kind of backwards I guess, if it could even be called a process. I do get lucky once in awhile and I really like some of those that I’ve taken. I even got one made into a big one that I have hanging on a wall. It’s the only one hanging actually.
One thing that I notice when I take photos and then look at them later, is that I usually can’t believe I took such a good photo when I’m looking at one I think is good. I guess that means that I am a so-so photographer who sometimes, out of sheer luck, takes a decent photo now and then.
I’m fine with that.
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ALL photos used are mine.