Beautiful Harvest Moon

I was working in my garden this evening and when I looked up and saw a full moon. I ran inside to get my camera and tripod, my neighbor must have thought I’m crazy.

AV, f/4, 1/5sec, ISO-400, Exposure bias 0, focal length 28mm, spot metering, cloudy, no flash, tripod mounted

Well not exactly a full moon, only a day shy and this month is called a Harvest Moon. If you have a chance to gaze at the nigh sky tonight or tomorrow night,  you will see that the planet Jupiter is brightest for the year.  At first I was mistaken it for a bright star and it’s to the lower left of the Moon tonight. I couldn’t capture it with my camera.

AV, f/4, 1/200sec, ISO-200, Exposure bias -4.3step, focal length 105mm, spot metering, cloudy, no flash, closeup cropped, tripod mounted

As for the Chinese people, it’s the Moon Festival also known as Mooncake or Mid-Autumn festival that falls on September 22nd of this year, it’s the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year.  The Chinese celebrate this day with dances, feasting, moon gazing, and one of my favorites, eating mooncakes. I also learned that the Vietnamese also celebrate Mid-Autumn festival.

As for me I live far from the city lights these days, a calmer view from my backyard.

AV, f/11, 0.6sec, ISO-400, Exposure bias -5step, focal length 24mm, spot metering, cloudy, no flash, tripod mounted

15 thoughts on “Beautiful Harvest Moon”

      1. I am craving moon cakes now. 😉

        The last photo reminds me of someplace warm with the banana tree. And I can almost feel the cool summer breeze too.

        1. Cambree, it’s nice to see what a photo can do, we all have that special place that we think about. I need to keep an album of my favorite photos and this one is one of them.

          I like to eat my moon cake with green tea, that’s the life. 🙂

    1. Photospaz, the moon is so high, I had to cropped to get a closeup. I’ve seen some photo of a huge moon next to a fence and often wonder if they are photoshop. I guess I’ll never know until I see one just like it.

    1. seeharhed, it looks like it’s from a small village in Laos. I saw it when I was looking at the moon, glad that it came out nice. 🙂

    1. nangmeta, that sounds like a great idea. I used to eat a lot of mooncake when I was living in NYC and it’s kind of hard to find it here, I do miss big city.

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