Full Moon rising

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Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2008

It was just before Christmas and I decided to try photographing the full moon rising in a landscape that I had not photographed before. I took myself out to one of the large water storages the cotton farmers have established in the Balonne Region around St George. I only had my 70-300mm lens and decided to receive a picture that included a reflection upon the lake. I decided to leave the UV filter on the front to see what effects the refracted light might give, as I would be pointing straight at the moon. At first in the review image on the camera, it seemed faint and I may have been disappointed. But I persisted, and am very pleased with the double image, the UV filter refracting the inverse image of the moon onto the sensor. But there is a post script: After standing on the cracked clay wall of the dam for around 90 mins to the background frog orchestra playing an "At last there is water in this country and the drought is broken - quick let's mate" concerto, I made my way back to the car through the paddock, in the dark. When I sat in the car I reflected on the situation, and began to wonder where all the snakes were that would be flushed out of cracks and hiding places by the arrival of water. Probably, they will be moving around the edges of large water storages such as this one, to fill up on noisy frogs. Had I thought like this beforehand I would not have ventured out onto the dam wall in the dark. Stupid me!

Lecleire Jacques on January 6, 2008

Unusual, but beautiful picture !


Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2008

Your appreciation certainly adds to my joy, Jacques.

Majlend Bramo on January 6, 2008

Great composition! Very original,



Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2008

It is not often that there is a conjunction between moon and moon. I wonder what the astrologers would make of that.

Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2008

Thankyou Majlend. I am glad you appreciated it. Someone in the family told me it looked like a mistake to him. There are many ways of seeing the same thing. Ian

Majlend Bramo on January 6, 2008

I agree, sometimes I see mistakes in some pictures that others consider a great shot and viceversa. As we say in Albania; The Beauty is in the eyes of who is watching.


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    by Ian Stehbens