I struggled for a title for this post.
Beam me up. E.T., phone home. We’ll leave the light on for you. I was all over the board with phrases from pop culture.
And then, simplicity hit me.
Sometimes, simple is better.
I suspect that each of you that looks at this image will see something different, and perhaps feel something different.
Yes, this is in fact light from the moon.
It’s just after 11PM on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It’s cloudy, but the moon is out there, fighting for a chance to be seen.
And I’m out there with a tripod and cable release seeing what I can make of it.
This isn’t something you see every day.
Apart from the occasional laughter of revelers on the beach, all you could hear were the rolling waves hitting the sand.
I wonder if the revelers saw what I saw? All I can say is that I wasn’t fighting for space to set up my tripod…
I made over 20 images of varying durations in my attempt to capture the moment.
(Good thing digital film is essentially free!)
You can see pleasure boats far out on the horizon. How can I say that they were far out?
Well, the exposures ranged from 10 to 60 seconds, and their light trails are not that long. They were out there…
You can see the moonbeams coming through the clouds much like the rays of the sun poke through on a cloudy, rainy day.
You can see where the cloud layer was thinner or broken – that’s where you can in fact see the clouds back lit by the moon somewhere up there.
The water looks like anything but water. That’s the result of the long exposures. It’s probably not how you’d envision the Atlantic Ocean looking.
But after all, it’s getting towards midnight and these are long exposures to capture the moonbeams.
There came a time when it occurred to me that there was no one else out, and that it might be time to head in.
Hoping that the images captured the moonbeams as I saw them, it was time…
So, I packed up, folded up, and picked up and called it a night.
You can find the rest of the moonbeam images here in the moon gallery on Laughing Frog Images.
If you’re so inclined, leave a comment as to which one is your favorite and why.
Technical details: Tripod, cable release, Nikon D7100, Tamron 18-270mm zoom, ISO 800, exposures from 10 to 60 seconds, f8.