Monday, 24 December 2012

The Moon's a Balloon

Glorious day yesterday, for the time of year. At Sunrise it was 13C, followed by sunshine nearly all day. The temperature only dropped to about 8C by sunset. I even got a bit of tidying up done in the front garden. During our last walk-about of the day I noticed the Moon shining in a totally clear sky. Seeing it reminded me of David Niven's book, The Moon's a Balloon. I used to have a copy which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I have no idea what happened to it but it gave me the urge to read it again.

When we arrived back home I got out the 50D and set it up on a tripod to take a few photos of the Moon. Lighting conditions were ideal for the shadows to show up some of the craters towards the edge.

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Canon 50D,  EF IS 100-400mm at 400mm,  cropped


Unfortunately it was too high in the sky to include any foreground but the remaining light in the sky did make it easier to get a reasonable exposure to the shots.

Nice surprise and Christmas present from Flickr. I have a Pro account as it enables me to have lots of folders to keep the photos sorted and on checking the latest upload there was an offer of an extra free three months which could be added to my account. Brilliant.

Later I had a search to see if there was an eBook version of The Moon's a Balloon. I found a few in epub format at a reasonable price but the only two reviews on the iTunes store put me off. Both were pretty scathing about the number of typographical errors.

Back to normal today - it's just started raining!

Thank you to all who suggested names for Penny's lamb. There are so many good ones I still haven't made my mind up. Must go and wrap her Christmas present - a Christmas Hedgehog.

13 comments:

  1. Hope you and Penny enjoy your Christmas! xx Matron and Leo.

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    1. Merry Christmas to you and Leo, Matron.

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  2. A good moon. Pouring here as well.

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    1. Thank you Adrian. Some of the back garden under 2 inches of water.

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  3. Great shot of the moon John.
    Hope you and Penny have a good Christmas.

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    1. Thank you Keith. Best wishes for Christmas to you.

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  4. really nice moon shot. can't wait to see the hedgehog, too. :)

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  5. Perfect picture of the moon and a great way to start the Christmas holiday. I hope you have an enjoyable time.

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    1. Thank you Mick. I think your Christmas will be just a bit warmer than ours. Enjoy the holiday.

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  6. Wow! I clicked on the moon to enlarge the photo, and it's just amazing. Good thing it's not a balloon, though...it might pop and there would be cheese everywhere ;)

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    1. The 50D does well Glo and that lens is the semi-professional version.
      If it popped the man would have a long way to fall ;>)

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    2. dumdedumdummmm from Wallace and Grommet and their trip to the moon, for cheeeeese. Wonderful clay-mation.

      I remember a very similar picture from last year, this moon is as grand as last time. What a great source of light in the dark sky.

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Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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