238,900 Miles…

Houston… we have a photo-op. Earth’s moon (full), as seen from St. Louis, Missouri on April 25th 2013 at approximately 9:45 P.M. Or something like that.

Fly me to the moon…

Let me play among the stars…

– Frank Sinatra – Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)

About this image: digital photograph (Canon 600D) lightly modified in iPhoto


78 thoughts on “238,900 Miles…

    • Thank you very much, sir!
      I see! I had not heard that before – very interesting! Three is an old saying over hear about ‘The Man in the Moon’… I’m not really sure how or why that got started, though.

  1. This is brilliantly portrayed SIG and just in time for my next posting, well it will be a howlingly wicked one I can tell you that, however it won’t have much to do with Medieval times but then I am running out of topics fast on that one so who knows what I will be adding next? 😦 lol One thing is always guaranteed though, when anyone calls into your Space there is always something of quality to view and this one hits the spot perfectly 🙂 Have a great rest of day SIG 🙂

    • Ah! Sounds very interesting! ‘Howlingly wicked’ you say? Did the ‘Teen Wolf’ quote I was considering using for today wind-up over at your site today, Andro? I’m guessing that’s unlikely – you seem to maintain much higher quality control measures than I do! Either way, I guess I’ll just have to head over and check it out!
      And thank you very much for your generous comment, sir! I hope you have a good one as well, Andro!

      • I was going to add a few high Teen Wolves to this batch but then I decided that we are trying to be good 🙂 Well I am anyway 😉 lol Thank you for calling over to see the howlers SIG you are always welcome in my Space 🙂

        • Hahaha… oh, no! I’m afraid what I said sounded a bit wrong… I meant to say that Teen Wolf movie with Michael J. Fox (which come to think of it I’ve never even seen)!
          And thank you so much, Andro! I very much appreciate the hospitality, sir!

    • Aw, thanks, Ms. C! 300mm is about the shortest lens as I’ve seen recommended for this kind of thing… and that’s my max / what I used here (and I still had to do a LOT of cropping to get even this close).
      Hahaha… thank you for sharing that, Ms. C! That strip really tied my Monday together…

  2. I posted on FB that was taken at about the same time. I was pretty happy with mine, but you definitely got even more detail. NICE!!! I just love the moon 🙂

    • There must have been something lunar in the air, LB!
      So far this is about as good a shot as I’ve been able to get… a lot of the articles I’ve read seem to recommend equipment above 300mm if possible (but that’s my max and what I used here – I definitely had to do more cropping than I’d have liked to)!

  3. Oh, how I love the moon, especially when it’s full, Robert! This is gorgeous! And, I love that Sinatra song. It’s one of my all time favorites. This is a great way to start the week!

    • I’m so happy to hear that, Amy – thank you! I was pretty excited to see there weren’t many clouds so I’d have a shot at this (although at some point I’d like to try a cloudy / misty / moon / trees mix, too)! It was funny – I was watching Skyfall at the time (and I couldn’t even concentrate because I kept jumping up every 5 minutes to check on the moonrise)…

  4. Nice! I’m kind of partial to the moon. I saw it that night too, but it was too late and I was too lazy to try to photograph it.

    • It’s so funny you mention that, sir… because I’ve been meaning to try this for a while now (but it seemed like I was always way too tired – or there were too many clouds – or both)!

  5. Is that taken without a telescope? Very detailed! And I love how you clarify it is EARTH’s moon, so we won’t get it confused with all the other moons one might pass in a typical day.

    • Hahaha… I was wondering if anyone would mention the ‘earth’ bit. I just thought I should clarify… you know… just in case any little green dudes are tuning in…

  6. You couldn’t possibly have taken that on the 25th. It was cloudy and you couldn’t see the moon. Oops my bad. You were in St. Louis and I was in Gatorhead. All these scientific details get me confused.
    Great pic. When the moon is full like that it is beautiful but sometimes it makes me act funny and have memory lapses.

    • Hahaha… And I thought I was the only one who lost the moon for the trees… or wait… maybe that was the forest for the moon… or… hmmm…
      Anyway, I know the feeling, Bo! Although I’m usually acting funny and having memory lapses anyway (so I definitely look forward to the moon showing up for a good excuse)!

  7. Amaaaaaaazing. I have a feeling that this picture could never be taken in NYC. I also have a feeling that you jacked this from some NASA website somewhere, because the edges look too crisp not to have come from the lasso tool. CAUGHT YOU.

    • You have such a good eye, U.M… and you’ve set me up perfectly for my latest installment of the ‘I miss my Photoshop’ rant: Reason number 256 I miss Photoshop ISSSSSS… No masking / selective sharpening (I would love to do a hair less sharpening at the edges but more yet on the interior)… *sigh*

    • Why, thank you! It wasn’t too bad – except that I made the mistake of putting in a movie while I was waiting for the moon to climb (I was a real challenge trying to focus on the movie)!

  8. SO cool! Fabulous capture. You seem to mention St. Louis from time to time. That is where I am from….fun place. Love my Cardinals!!! Blessings, Robyn

    • Oh, I see! I don’t think I knew you were from St. Louis! I am originally from North Dakota, but my wife has lived here all her life. I do have to say that the winters are a bit warmer… and by a bit, I mean a WHOLE lot!

      • I actually grew up and hour outside of STL in Illinois, the other side of Belleville. But, went to college in STL and lived there for almost 15 years until my husband drug me away to the East Coast which I love and now call home. This will be fun for me to see your images taken in and around my old stomping grounds…I know the city and suburbs well.

        • Oh, I see! I went to school here, too (Fontbonne – which I really enjoyed / miss)! Although having lived here you know that it probably would have been more common for me to tell you what high-school I went to (if it applied, of course)! 🙂

    • Aw, thanks, Juana! Very, very much! To tell you the truth I’ve been told I’m probably from a different planet before, so it’s funny I haven’t done more of this sort of thing! 😉

  9. Lovely. So many moon songs to consider. 🙂
    Check out “The Moon And Me” ,from the Addams Family musical, sung by Kevin Chamberlin.

    • I will have to do that!
      Hahaha… you know, I’ve described my singing voice as sounding a bit Addams Familyish before (but in the opposite way of what I expect you’ve mentioned here… it’s a very scary thing… to say the least)!

    • Why, thank you! I’m hoping I can go back and fix this one when I get my Photoshop back up and running (I feel like the edge is a bit too ‘sharp’ and the ‘inside’ could use a bit more sharpening… but… for the most part… it’s a start, I guess!
      Hahaha… my singing is bad enough that most people who hear it propose I should be sent to the moon!

  10. That’s a long drive. I don’t think I’d make it on one tank of petrol. Then I’d just drift aimlessly through the universe until I was rescued by a monolith or a tardis

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