Thursday, November 15, 2012

Observing the moon

I love the moon. It looks great in the evening and night sky. I know that I need a professional camera to get the necessary zoom ability to capture great photos of it.

Here are some photos of the moon in Kuantan which I captured with my Sony Cybershot point-and-shoot. I think they look pretty. What do you think?

The bright white moon hovers over Bukit Sekilau

What is our fascination with the moon? Did man really land on the moon? The moon shows us something we don't fully understand about space, and what could lie further beyond our moon

The moon is framed by a selection of trees in a small field in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

The fading light of day only enhances the sunlight hitting the moon as it shines brightly over houses in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

The moon is not subject to the laws of gravity, as are objects here on earth. In this photo the moon hangs nicely between the frame of two tree branches at a field in Bukit Sekilau, Kuantan

I hope you enjoyed those photos. What fascinates you about the moon?


  1. It is hard to get good moon shots, but I think you did very well! I especially like that last one. I love seeing a full moon on a dark night, wouldn't want to go there though.

  2. Nice photos, delicious light, my favorite is when the moon appears between the trees. Greetings.

  3. Hi Duncan, I love your moon photos and the fact that you brought it up as a writing topic. We've just completed a moon journal project with Elliot, in which we did an observation each night for 28 days, wrote a little journal entry and made art to go along with the entries. It was a fun activity to do as a family, and we learned a lot. I also developed a deeper appreciation for the moon and the beautiful light that is reflected to us each night.

  4. When I saw this blog post I wondered if you were in view of that eclipse. Those are really clear photos. I've tried but failed to get anything worth keeping.
    (Did you see Federer score all those points at the start of the finals on Monday? Pity he went on to lose.)

  5. These are terrific moon pictures! The moon really does exert quite a pull on really captured its essence here.

  6. The third one and the last one are my favourite compositions Duncan.

  7. Hi Duncan. Sorry I've been missing for a while! You have done really well with those photos of the moon. Like you, I love the moon. Strange to think that man was standing on it way back in the 60's. Hope you and your little family are all well.

  8. Yes, man really DID walk on the moon.

  9. Nice shots. I think what fascinates me most is the way it affects the tide.

  10. What I find interesting is the number of additional arrests the Police make during a full moon.

    "intermittent insanity once believed to be related to phases of the moon." In fact, in England in the 18th century, a person who committed a murder during a full moon could plead "lunacy" and get a lighter sentence.

    I'm not sure that one would get away with that excuse nowadays. ;-)

  11. I guess it is the luna in the moon that makes people go crazy about the celestial orb in the sky. That makes people, esp the poets, wax lyrical over it. The moon always reminds me of Chinese poets and Chinese fairies and rabbits. And of course, the mooncake festival and lanterns! Nice pictures those. Really. Would be nicer if you could capture even closer up images. But I guess with a point and shoot cam, that would be asking a lot. I myself have failed miserably to catch a respectable image of the moon with my even less canggih point and shoot.

  12. I love watching the moon too, Duncan, and have wonderful memories of getting up in the middle of the night with my sisters and my dad to watch an eclipse (lots of them), the stars, meteor showers, etc. I even saw sputnik (you are too young to know).

    I am carrying on the moon-watching tradition for at least the next generation and perhaps the one after that!


  13. Thank you for all of the wonderful comments, ideas and points for discussion you have all raised. It's also been good to hear what you've been doing with the moon and of your endeavours to capture the moon.


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