Weekend Wanderings – Chasing the Moon
Yesterday afternoon I took off with some friends down to Sorrento and to the back beach there. The plan was to take some photos of the beach before sunset, then photograph the sunset, go out for dinner, then come back to photograph the moon and get some shots of the beach in moonlight. All day, before we left it would rain, then the sun would come out, then it would rain again. We went anyway, hoping it would be okay.
The first part worked out fine, we got to the beach and took photos of the rocks. The surf was wild, and some parts of the rocks where the waves were hitting them were pretty amazing. Well good for Australia. I loved the way the afternoon sun was hitting this rock.
We sort of got a sunset. It rained a bit at the start and there was the promise of something brilliant, but it really didn’t amount to much. I am showing you this image because it did rain and I think this effect is from water on the end of my lens. I’ve never seen anything like it before. I had my camera set up to take a photo every 10 seconds. I was going to see if I could do a time lapse series, but I don’t think I got enough images, and the rain did spoil some of them.
While we were having dinner we could see that the moon had risen and that it looked wonderful in the sky. We could see the light from it reflecting on the water in the bay. After dinner we just went across the road to take some photos of it. I think this was the clearest image I got all night.
Then the clouds rolled in, and we could see where it was a lot of the time, but we couldn’t see it.
We went down to the beach, but this was the best I got. It was raining a lot, I couldn’t get my camera to focus, and I was yelling a lot. I was so angry with the weather. It has been so frustrating this winter with all the rain we have had. I am so sick of it, some rain is nice, but not constantly. I expect it to be cold, but seriously this is ridiculous.
We went home and I didn’t get some of the shots I wanted, but it was a lovely part on of the beach and I think we will go there again some time. Of course as we were on the freeway coming home the clouds parted and there was the moon for all to see. I thought I would take some when I got home, just out my front door. Of course, by the time I got home and got the camera ready the clouds were covering it again. I did wait a little while and I managed to get some.
I forgot to mention that part of the reason I was keen to get the moon was because I had borrowed a Sigma 150-500mm lens from a friend to take photos with. Oh well, you can’t have everything, I’m sure the rain will stop and I will get to take some photos of the moon and the beach on other trips. Here is a gallery with some images, sorry, lots of the moon.