|The night before the supermoon|
My best photo of the night was actually taken while waiting for the moon to appear - as the sea and sky turned to shades of pinks and azure blue:
|Waiting for moonrise over Osborne Bay|
When the moon did appear, it was barely visible, despite a lack of city lights and a relatively cloudless, starry sky. Visibility wasn't helped by the fact that it wasn't really dark out yet!
|Can you see it? Can you? Can you?|
So mostly we all just stood around on the seawalk and had an impromptu community party - sharing stories, greeting neighbours, chatting with people we'd never met. Eventually, about the time that the eclipse should have been almost over according to the astrologers among us, the blood moon appeared - distant, small, and not quite bloody. I tried to capture it, I really did. But without the tripod, my attempts were shaky at best.
|Not exactly a steady hand!|
I thought I'd got it with this one, but when I uploaded it to the computer, I found I'd shot James and the Giant Peach instead:
|James and the Giant Peach?|
Eventually I figured out the right manual settings and got something less blurry, though I swear the harvest moons I photographed last year were much brighter and closer and bigger!
|The not-so-super Supermoon|
On the beach at the other end of the seawalk, some people let off Chinese flying lanterns, which flamed and flew high into the sky. I tried to photograph them too, but all I got was wavy abstract colours and flying neon snakes:
In the end, I wrote it up to a fun night meeting old friends and new down by the beach, and then I had a little fun with the photos as well:
PS: If you want to see some truly awesome photos of the supermoon, check out this link featuring some of the best shots of the supermoon by photographers far more talented and knowledgeable than I!