Lunar Crescent

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 with a 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

Lunar Crescent at 9:47:41PM - 5 second exposure at F/5.6 & ISO 1600

lunar crescent boulder

Fireworks 15 minutes later in Louisville - about 10 miles away

lunar crescent fireworks

Close-up of the 96 second exposure at F/13 and ISO 100

lunar crescent fireworks

Watching Fireworks with family the night before