While most people seem to prefer looking at full moons,
a lunar crescent
is more interesting to me,
especially when it is just above the horizon. On July 4th, 2008,
I climbed up to the roof of my house to take some pictures of fireworks and
saw the setting moon over the Republic of Boulder.
. Too bad that
the fireworks didn't start until shortly after it set.
These pictures were taken with a
Canon 40D DSLR
55-250 lens at full tele
on a tripod using a remote wireless release. Because of the long
exposure, you actually see some motion blur on the moon as it
moves across the sky.
Lunar Crescent at 9:44:39PM - 10 second exposure at F/5.6 & ISO 1600 - note airplane
Lunar Crescent at 9:47:41PM - 5 second exposure at F/5.6 & ISO 1600
Fireworks 15 minutes later in Louisville - about 10 miles away
Close-up of the 96 second exposure at F/13 and ISO 100
Watching Fireworks with family the night before