December Cold Moon

In December the Full Moon is called the “Cold Moon”.   It is also called Long Nights Moon, and the Moon before Yule. The Moon with be full on 12 December at 12:12 AM EST. It’s suppose to clear or clearing up on Thursday morning.  I am hoping to capture the Full Moon Thursday evening at Harkers Island 17:33 (5:33 PM).  

But I starting taking pictures of the Moon phases in December, especially when the sky is clear.

I used my Nikon D7100 camera with the AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 GED VR zoom lens.  The LCD screen on the D7100 is broken.  I was taking pictures of Currituck Lighthouse in the Fall, when camera got rammed into my collar bone when cyclist rang his bell and scared my dog in Corolla, NC.  Sometime it’s hard to version you got a good shoot without a LCD screen.

The skies cleared up on the 12 of December, but I wasn’t going to wake up or stay up to 12:12 AM to see the Full Moon.  Beside, when I went to bed Wednesday night (11 December) at 23:00 it was still cloudy.

Full Moon 100% Shutter Speed: 1/200
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 200

I thought the following two shoots of the Full Moon setting over the Neuse River in Bridgeton was cool.

In the evening I was able to capture this photo in Oriental.


Full Moon on 12 December taken at 18:45 — Shutter Speed: 1/400
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 400

And on the 15 December


Moon Waning Gibbous at 83% on 15 December at 21:30

The following is a mosaic of the Moon.


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