Friday, 28 March 2008

Moon behind a Tree - Sky Watch Friday

Full Moon behind a Tree (Eucalyptus)
Sky Watch Friday
Full moon glowing behind a tree (eucalyptus / gum tree)
For some reason, whenever it came around to Sky Watch Friday, I automatically thought of a day-time sky. It never occurred to me until now that a moon landscape is actually a "Sky Watch" photo as well! So, today I have this photo I took the other night of a full Moon behind my gum tree (see my other moon / tree silhouette). I find the layer of cloud interesting in this picture - it serves to split the picture into two parts horizontally, while the tree splits the picture vertically. Not exactly the rule of thirds - maybe more like the rule of fourths!

91 comments:

  1. Hello David... I'll post this for you later when I put the link up... have a great time where ever you end up this weekend, and I'll catch up with you again later when I post this..

    Tom

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  2. Hi David, you are funny. I do that sometimes too, lol, focus on one thing and forget about other opportunities. Very nice photo of the moon, and the tree too. Anna :)

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  3. this is really too beautiful to be real and true...

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  4. Beautiful David...
    I like the silhouette very much.. and I'd love to have been able to smell the leaves.
    Thank you
    Tom

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  5. Very beautiful, one excellent photo.

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  6. Hi David,
    We both posted moon shots!
    Love the silhouette and the billowing clouds!

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  7. The silhouette of the tree is almost magical.
    This is an astonishing photo.

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  8. Very great composition, nice silhouette. Well done Davis,.

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  9. You really captured the night with your moon shining bright.great Sky watch.



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  10. I love your tree and moon!

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  11. what a wonderful night shot!

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  12. Wonderful photo! I love your moon and your photo:)

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  13. David: outstanding how it seems the moon is dragging the clouds along.

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  14. What a wonderful tree! Perfect foreground for that moon.

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  15. Beautiful. I like this night sky! Have a great weekend.

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  16. Moon, tree and sky are always a nice composition!

    Luiz

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  17. David, this composition of this sky watch photo is very interesting ; )

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  18. You're right about the composition of this shot - horizontal AND vertical - with the circular orb of the moon standing out. Excellent, in my humble opinion! :D

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  19. Tried earlier to leave a comment but had trouble with Safari so am back hoping this works this time.

    Your moon shot is great! I completely forgot to look for the full moon this month -- maybe because there were so many dark clouds?

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    1. Certainly does look like magic, you're right!

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  21. I really, really like this! Great eye and great photo!

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  22. Beautiful! Love this one!
    You find my SWF post here

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  23. Hi David,

    I am new to skywatch, and enjoyed viewing your blog. Nice shot you have here...

    Cheers,

    Scotty

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  24. Very Effective! New tree for me, I like the way it twists and turns. It makes a nice photo.

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  25. Beautiful capture...beautiful sky, tree & full moon~a fantastic shot~eerie & beautiful at the same time!
    My first visit to your blog, I am enjoying all of your beautiful nature photos!
    Cat

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  26. What an interesting composition this is. It almost seems like a reflection on water. Really nice! Every now and then, I like to break the rule of thirds. Breaking the rules adds surprise and ignites thought about a picture.

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  27. :sharp intake of breath: David, incredible shot! How many megapixels?

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  28. DAVID I'm back because of your question about a certain green line on my tree at photos & secrets.

    If you enlarge the photo you will see it's only my name. Not that I painted it on the tree, just a way to ensure some credits.

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  29. Great photos - I aspire to have a third of your talent!
    Shelley

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  30. What a great photo! I love it!

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  31. WOW, gorgeous shot. Love the twisted tree in it too.

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  32. Hi Tom,

    Thanks a lot for posting my link one your blog. I'm back online now, I did have a great time (and, incidentally, learned a lot about the Navy) while I was away, so thanks again!

    See you later,

    David

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  33. Hi Anna,

    I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who makes that mistake! :) Anyway, I might try putting up moon shots for the next few Sky Watch Fridays to make up, I've got a few of them stored up.

    Cheers,

    David

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  34. Hi k. alias bear-mom,

    It does look quite like a fairy-tale picture. I can just imaging a wolf howling to the moon...... :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  35. Hi Tom,

    These leaves have a very unique smell - have you ever smelt Eucalyptus leaves?

    Cheers,

    David

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  36. Hi daniel j santos,

    The moon is always beautiful, I'm glad you like this one. Thanks for visiting and commenting this Sky Watch!

    Cheers,

    David

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  37. Hi Carletta,

    So we did! Maybe today was "Moon Watch Friday" for us.... :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  38. Hi quintarantino,

    Thanks for taking the time to drop by my blog this Friday. The moon is magical, it reminds me of a poem:
    The Full moon shimmers
    Rest of the world glimmers
    The dark night glows
    The moon light flows


    Cheers,

    David

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  39. Hi John,

    Glad you like the composition. The moon is so hard to compose right, this time I chose the "rule of fourths" and it seemed to work.

    Cheers,

    David

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  40. Hi Imac,

    I've seen your extreme weather shots - great stuff! I love storms and stuff, they're such great times for photography. You've done a good job with your post.

    Cheers,

    David

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  41. Hi Dot,

    Thanks for visiting today, I love your Sky Watch photo too. Sky Watch is a great day to share and see other peoples talent, so have a nice day!

    Cheers,

    David

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  42. Hi Lyn,

    The moon is certainly the easiest thing to shoot at night - it glows on it's own! Imagine a flash big enough to light it up.... :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  43. Hi pernille's ting og tang,

    Thanks for dropping round, I hope you have a nice day end Easter season.

    Cheers,

    David

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  44. Hi fishing guy,

    As a child that was always one of the things that fascinated me about the moon - it's odd behavior of seemingly moving with you or the clouds. Now I suppose it is reflected in my photos!

    Cheers,

    David

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  45. Hi anne-berit,

    Thanks for visiting this Sky Watch, hope you enjoy the weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  46. Hi carole,

    Yes, I think a tree is a suitable foreground. I prefer the gum tree, as it is so twisted and shows up well in the night.

    Cheers,

    David

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  47. Hi Ellen B,

    I do too. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  48. Hi Luiz santilli jr.,

    Yep, day or night those three things work well in any photo. The clouds also tend to lend a new atmosphere to this photo.....

    Cheers,

    David

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  49. Hi digitalshuttermania,

    We seem to have a lot of great photos this sky watch, a lot of them are composed well. I'm glad you like this one. The "rule of fourths" seemed to turn out all right here!

    Cheers,

    David

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  50. Hi Leslie,

    We all have humble opinions, everyone's opinion is equally important in photography. Thanks for your comment, and I hope you have a great weekend and Easter Season.

    Cheers,

    David

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  51. Hi lilli & nevada,

    Thanks for dropping by this Friday, and thanks for your comment. Hope I'll see you round again next week!

    Cheers,

    David

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  52. Hi paulie,

    I use Firefox and I often have trouble commenting - the captchas seem to have trouble loading.

    I almost missed full moon because of the clouds this month - it was just about to go behind them when I took this photo.

    Cheers,

    David

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  53. Hi pts,

    Thanks, the full moon is a great subject and I'm glad you liked it.

    Have a great weekend,

    David

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  54. Hi ida,

    Magic seems to be a popular theme for this post! The moon certainly has a special appeal.....

    Cheers,

    David

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  55. Hi marie,

    Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment. Have a great time during this Easter season!

    Cheers,

    David

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  56. Hi petunia,

    I've checked out your SWF post - it's certainly a great one! Keep up the good work.

    Cheers,

    David

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  57. Hi scotty graham,

    Congratulation on joining us, make sure you check out womtig.blogspot.com every Friday from 20:00 GMT for the link.

    Cheers,

    David

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  58. Hi berit,

    Thanks for visiting, I appreciate your compliments on my blog. I hope you have a nice Easter season!

    Cheers,

    David

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  59. Hi gardenpath,

    This is a Eucalyptus tree, as I think I wrote in the post. As far as I know it only grows in Australia, and the leaves have a distinctive "tangy" smell.

    Cheers,

    David

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  60. Hi catherine,

    Welcome to my blog! I understand what you mean about the picture. I felt a bit like that just standing and watching it in real life!

    Hope to see you again soon, and I'll try and drop by your place when I get online again.

    Cheers,

    David

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  61. Hi sandpiper,

    Now that you mention it, this photo does look sort of like a reflection. Maybe it's the moon in the bottom quarter...?

    Thanks for your comment, have a great weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  62. Hi the teach,

    I took this with a Nine (9) Megapixel camera, but you'll only see a smaller version online (for copyright reasons!). The online version is generally 1000px wide, if you want to get a bigger version just give me a yell and I'll send you one though! :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  63. Hi quintarantino,

    Thanks for getting back to me. I guess I didn't think of enlarging the photo - silly of me! I like the way you've done that copyright notice, it integrates well with the picture compared with just text.

    Cheers,

    David

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  64. Hi shellmo,

    Thank you so much for your compliments. Really a big part of photography is not actually talent, but being in the right place at the right time. Keep your camera with you always is my motto - try it and I can guarantee you'll get some great shots before long!

    Cheers,

    David

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  65. Hi irene,

    Thanks for dropping round, hope I'll see you again soon! Have a great Easter.

    Cheers,

    David

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  66. Hi Andrea,

    The twisted tree really adds that extra dimension to the photo, drawing your eye upwards and bringing out the moon's Light. I am very happy to have a gum tree that is so good for photos!

    Cheers,

    David

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  67. This is beautiful. And a gum tree! I've never seen one. The clouds are a perfect contrast.

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  68. Hi andree,

    I'm sorry you've never seen a gum tree, you'll have to try and get to Australia and see one - they're quite beautiful in the day time too.

    Cheers,

    David

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  69. Hi giveujob,

    Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Hope you have a great weekend!

    Cheers,

    David

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  70. really good shot here. never tried to take a picture of a moon yet. this inspires me.

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  71. Technique and Poetry.
    Beautiful.

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  72. Hi the dong,

    Please do try to take a photo of the the moon - you'll really enjoy it when you get a fascinating photo back. Taking photos of nature is a very great experience, and the moon is one of the greatest wonders of nature.

    Cheers,

    David

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  73. Hi luiz ramos,

    Ha ha, did you see the poetry? I'm glad you like it. The moon inspires a lot of poetry, and I am sure photos too. I certainly enjoy taking photos of it!

    Cheers,

    David

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  74. Hi carrie & tray keiser,

    Thanks for dropping round at my blog. I always find the moon is a very beautiful subject for a photo, I am glad you enjoyed looking at this one. I would recommend if you have the time tonight to look at the moon in real life too - it's even better than a photo!

    Cheers,

    David

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  75. Hi David,
    Nice photo! The clouds look so soft! And the moon is a nice starting place for your eyes.. It lifts our attention to the tree trunks, where we naturally climb up the tree to top half of the photo.... a choose your own adventure, depending on which branches you follow! Great composition :)

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  76. Great capture of a tough subject.

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  77. Hi lea,

    I love your comparison there - choose your own adventure. It's certainly different to look at a photo as an adventure! But composition is everything (sometimes!), and an adventure it should be. Thanks for reminding me.

    Cheers,

    David

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  78. Hi texas travelers,

    Thanks for visiting. The moon is a fairly tough subject, especially when you try to zoom in more. I find the best time to catch it is twilight, when there's still some light around for the AE meter. But that's my camera, what's yours like?

    Cheers,

    David

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  79. Hi nicole,

    Thanks for your comment. Hope you're ready for Wordless Wednesday now - what a busy life we of the blogosphere lead!

    Cheers,

    David

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  80. This is amazing. Wow! I can't believe I've never visited your Sky Watch before. I'll have to make it a point to come back.

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  81. Hi Anna,

    Thanks for your visit. I've only recently found Tom's blog, so maybe you didn't visit before because I wasn't on the list. I don't have a lot of time online so I don't get to visit other blogs that often either.

    Hope you enjoy the weekend, look forward to seeing you next Friday or before. :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  82. Hi!

    You have reallt nice pictures here! I am just starting to blog, so your blog is an inspiration to me

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