The Night before the Full Crow Moon, March 27th 2021

Rabbit, rabbit! To start off this NaBloPoMo & HiveBloPoMo (the traditional National Blog Posting Month & the Hive version as well) I figured I’d share some of the shots I got the night before the Full Crow Moon, on March 27th 2021.

After getting a look at the weather report for the night of the full moon (the official time was March 28th at 2:48pm EST) I knew my chances of getting any decent shots with 100% chance of rain was slim to none, so I made a point to go out the night before and the night instead.

And yes, I know most people refer to the March Full Moon as the Worm Moon, but as I mentioned in a post back in 2018, I much prefer the moniker I discovered via The Farmers’ Almanac website. In fact, I might take some of these photos and make some composites with old crow photos I have, similar to my attempt back in March of 2017.

One last thing before I get to the pictures – I’ve reduced the file size, and in some cases tweaked the exposure and/or sharpness a bit, but I haven’t filtered most of these, other than the instances where I mention I’ve dome some extra work to them. For the most part, the difference in the color of the moon (and sometimes the clouds around it) comes from zooming in and out, and bumping the exposure up and down, not from tinting it. It still amazes (and frustrates…lol) me that what I see in the sky isn’t always what turns up on my camera. These were taken with my my Nikon affixed to my tripod), in my Durham New Hampshire yard.

Okay, now on to the photos!

The Night before the Full Crow Moon, March 27th 2021


 
 
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1. My first shot of the night. And as usual, the gorgeous glow around the moon is more lens effect than real life. I still love how it looks though.

 
 
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2. If my shot doesn’t capture exactly how it looked in the sky, at least it makes it look pretty!

 
 
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3. I’m pretty sure I have a similar shot of this, but of the sun peeking over the trees. Maybe some day I’ll do some comparison sun & moon shots…. hmmm… food for thought!

 
 
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4. This one looks even more sun-like, especially without the dramatic colored ring – this one, because of how I zoomed (or maybe the exposre adjustment), is much less pronounced.

 
 
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5. And while the camera “flair” (as opposed to “flare”…lol) is pretty. sometimes I think it’s a bit distracting, so I decided to see how this looked filtered in black and white.

 
 
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5a. Yep, I like the b&w version of this much better.

 
 
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6. After a bunch of wide shots, I decided to go for some my favorite “moon with tree branches” captures.

 
 
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7. Just a slight zoom adjustment makes the texture of the moon change a noticeable amount.

 
 
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8. This shot was actually more of a mistake – I hadn’t fully focused yet, but my tremory finger decided it was time to push the button. However, after sharpening the focus & lighting the exposure a bit, I’m actually happy with how it turned out.

 
 
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9. A little bit of branch…

 
 
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10. … then a little more…

 
 
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11. … then I zoomed in. I can’t tell you how many slightly different versions of each shot I usually take, but suffice to say it’s typically a lot!

 
 
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12. Another example of a beautiful glow from my camera, not the sky, that I thought was a bit distracting…

 
 
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12a. … so I filtered it again and now I’m not sure which version I like better!

 
 
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13. More wide shots because the clouds, trees, and the moon just look too cool together.

 
 
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14. A short walk through the yard later, and a different angle of the same coolness.

 
 
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15. It’s interesting to me that the camera flare seemed a bit lopsided in this one. I purposely shot this off center, thinking the dark right side of the photo might make for a good spot for a moon quote of sorts, but I didn’t think it would make the circle less circle-ly.

 
 
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15a. Then, of course, I wondered again how it would look filtered in b&w and again I’m not sure which version I prefer. Feel free to shout out in the comment section if you have a preference & I will shout out in return when I eventually do a moon quote post.

 
 
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16. For this shot, the only editing I did was to tweak the sharpness a tiny bit. I really liked how it looks like there are small rays of light coming off the moon.

 
 
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17. One last wide shot with a cool rainbow ring.

 
 
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18. Sometimes the simplest of branches across the face of the moon are my favorites.

 
 
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19. And I always try to get at least one closeup.

 
 
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20. I tried (and failed…lol) to get the branch a bit lower, so it looked like the moon was being held up by it. Still thought it came out fairly decent though.

 
 
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21. Signs of spring.

 
 
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22. And this was one of my final shots of the night (the rest were multiple versions of this, zoomed in and out with different exposures – have I mentioned yet that I take waaaay too many versions of the same photo? 😂 ).

 
 

Hope you enjoyed my shots from the Night before the Full Crow Moon & happy new month, everyone!



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