I met up with my buddy John and we set out for our first photo walk together at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT. It’s a beautiful beach/park that, during low tide has walking access to an island. I explained to John that I brought two cameras and a nice trifecta of lenses because I didn’t know what I’d need… so why not carry more than enough. Well, After taking 5-10 shots with my 7D and 70-200 I realized that I didn’t have a CF card in the camera! John busted out into a mighty strong chuckle, as he should, at my misfortune. Here I am, explaining WHY I brought this extra gear, only to find out that it pretty much became useless. So, I used my 5D with a 50 and a 16-35 and took a few snaps. I was pretty bummed, but still tried to force myself to take some cool images. Better luck next time, me.
So, I set out to shoot the SUPER MOON again, but stormy skies had different plans for me. I’m an opportunistic kinda guy, so I decided that I was gonna shoot the beautiful, angry skies presented to me. I made it a challenge to myself to capture some lightning. Well, I stood around for 2hrs and shoot over 600 photos and I got 2 decent shots. Ahh, the beauty of patience building exercises found only by being a photographer.
Next time you’re shooting anything, even with an iPhone, challenge yourself with something. Make it a goal to capture something specific. You’ll find yourself waiting and you’ll start to learn the beauty of waiting for that perfect moment!
After finishing an anniversary party shoot on a pirate ship (that’s for another post), I turn around and there is it. The 2013 Super Moon! So, is it really that super? Well, kinda. Technically it’s the closest to the earth this time of year as well as the closest to the earth it’s been in several years. So, does it really look that close?? Well, kinda. It really depends upon how close you catch it to the horizon. The whole reason why a Super Moon (or any other moon for that matter) looks so big is because you see it in context, relative to objects that you know to be large. Like buildings, tree/mountain lines, or in this case… a boat. It’s an optical illusion and really only looks bigger. Normally when it’s floating in the sky it’s surrounded by a bunch of little specs that are millions of miles away. This time though, science tells us that it is indeed, bigger… and it looks bigger… and it looks cool. Glad I caught it.