With my camera and tripod in tow, I joined the throngs of people from across the globe who captured shots of the gorgeous Supermoon this weekend. A Supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than typical, with a more noticeable effect when it occurs at the same time as a full moon. This weekend was the moon’s closest encounter with Earth in 2013, and it was full and spectacular.
These photos were my first attempt at moon shots. Since I do not have an adequate telephoto lens, my pictures are not nearly the quality of many I have seen. These close-ups resulted from some cropping in Photoshop.
My husband is not a photo enthusiast, but was kind enough to drive me to a place where I could try to get some silhouettes. Unfortunately, the lighting was already much too dark for these to give me the crisp outlines of the shadows I was wanting.
Many of these pictures are grainy, which happens with a high ISO. I wanted to experiment with the settings to learn more about nighttime photography. The one thing I learned from my first experience at this is that I need much more practice!
The moon is one of my favorites of God’s creation. I have often wondered, though, about a verse found in Revelation describing heaven. When I read it, it makes me wonder whether there will still be a moon there.
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
When my son was young, he and I discussed this verse and my concerns. This discussion came about because we both love the outdoors and used to spend time stargazing. I told him that even though I understood that with Jesus in heaven we would have His light, I would still miss the moon.
I love what can come out of the mouth of ‘babes’ when discussing deep spiritual matters. His response to my perplexity was this:
“Mom, it doesn’t say that there won’t be a moon in heaven, just that there won’t be a need for one.”
I like that interpretation. I am just going to trust what God has in store for us in heaven, and that it will be more spectacular than what we have now. If not a moon, then something better. Should there be one, though, I cannot wait to photograph it. I imagine it will be on the order of a superb supermoon!