It was a blue super moon this evening. I thought I'd try and photograph it at my house. Firstly I tried my DLSR, but as I am not overly familiar with the full manual controls I couldn't set the thing properly.
Enter my bridge DM-FZ72. I stuck it on the tripod, set it to automatic, pointed it at the moon, zoomed in and...bloody 'ell, I got some decent photos. Not a white featureless blob. Then I thought, what happens if I tried a landscape shot. Totally gobsmacked when it actually took decent landscape photos. Sometimes it took multiple shots and combined them into one (not wholly successful), sometimes it took a long exposure - up to seven seconds. My cameras are set to an ISO of 200. Neither have a large maximum ISO - roughly 3200. But anything higher than about 400 or 800 and there is too much noise.
Then I got really barmy idea. Why not shoot down to the reserve and take photos of the moon over Finch pond? I muffled up in multiple layers, and drove down to the Longwater road entrance, and clambered over the gate.
The moon was so bright I had no problems squelching through the mud. I stayed round the Longwater road entrance, but I did walk up to the water's edge both eastward and northward. Whilst I could see where I was going, I could not assess water depths or that of the mud. Therefore I hung around the Longwater road entrance, and definitely no attempting to get to the north embankment. I swear the water levels were higher, even with the new drainage channels.
Ideally I would have liked the moon over the copse, but it was gone 7.30pm, and it was very cold with a brisk wind, and Winterwatch would be on in half an hour. I legged it home.
Enjoy the photos. No captions as they are all from near the Longwater road entrance of Manor farm. For the most part they point east, apart from one that points south towards the lights of the sports grounds on the Hampshire part of the reserve. The long exposure times (seven seconds) smoothed the water nicely.
A polite notice first: All photographs on this blog are owned by me and subject to copyright.