Waxing Gibbous

I really like the moon when it’s not a full circle. The shadows on the horizon are often quite stunning in highlighting the lunar mountains and creating a real three dimensional presence.

A few days before last night’s full moon I decided to revisit the technical challenge of a half reasonable moon shot with an inexpensive camera.

The idea is quite simple. Take fifty or more identical images of the moon in in quick succession, like a sports photographer machine gunning for the perfect moment. The difference is that here there is no perfect moment.

Every image will be a tiny bit different as the atmosphere seethes and twists and curls craters and mountains like a bubbling cauldron or like a distant car shimmering indistinctly on a hot open road.

Combine all those images in just the right way and it is possible put those craters and mountain and lunar features back into their true locations.

Does the process make this image truth or creation? Now there’s a question … for another time.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Waxing Gibbous’, 1/60s f/22 ISO100 600mm

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