A waxing moon in the early evening

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Pictured here is a waxing moon that I photographed. The timing was perfect as my kids have become very interested in the moon and stars just recently. The reasons for this are two-fold.

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A picture I took of the waxing moon. I was stunned by the detail, especially as I was using a very basic camera at the time.

Firstly, Helen got a telescope for Christmas and so we’ve spent some time looking towards the night sky. Secondly, the moon has been very prominent in the late afternoon and Izzy, our four-year-old, has learned the difference between a waxing and waning moon.

I confess this waxing moon picture was photographed absolute ages ago. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity to get out with my camera just recently, what with Helen having just returned to school after the Christmas break etc. It’s all been a bit hectic.

While looking at some old pictures, I came across this one. The timing was great as Izzy and I have been talking about the lunar cycle over the past few days.

I hope you’ll agree the picture shows some incredible detail of the moon’s surface, especially right at the bottom. What makes the picture that bit more special is the camera I was using at the time.

The image was shot using nothing more than a Nikon Coolpix L820. It’s a very basic camera, essentially a point and shoot with some additional features, but it has a reputation for having a very powerful zoom lens.

It’s a camera I’ve owned for years and I only use it if my DSLR is out of action for some reason. Although I rarely use it, I think it served me very well on this occasion.

Do you like the detail in the image? Do you have an old camera you can’t quite bring yourself to part with, just in case it proves useful? If so, please leave a comment below.

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29 thoughts on “A waxing moon in the early evening”

  1. It’s a great photo! I have no idea how to photograph the moon. It’s lovely that your girls are so interested and have been learning about it. I doubt my kids know the difference between a waxing and waning moon!

    1. Thanks Sarah. I was quite surprised at how quickly they grasped the concept of waxing and waning moons but they got it straight away.

  2. It’s a great picture and I am very impressed that they know the difference. Children can absorb so much information it is a wonder. I have an old Canon and it was fantastic except the lens cover doesn’t open automatically so I ended up with lots of half black pictures. We even compared it with our Nikon DSLR and in daylight, on auto there was nothing in it #MySundayPhoto

  3. Jim (OneDadOneBlog)

    I love the moon’s detail too John and having watched the new Star Wars film recently, can’t help but think this beautiful star is hiding a more sinister Death Star around the back of it. 🙂

    Great pic 🙂

  4. A brilliant shot John! The detail is amazing, and even more so considering you took it on a Nikon Coolpix. I still keep my Nikon Coolpix handy as it is a nifty little camera for sticking in your pocket.


    1. Ah, another Nikon Coolpix owner! It has limited capabilities, but it certainly has its place. That zoom lens is superb.

  5. That’s a fab photo, so much detail. I’ve never been able to get a good shot of the moon, even with my big camera. I hope you get a little bit of time to get out and about soon 🙂

    1. On you’re being very kind Victoria! I can’t quite remember how I took this shot but it must have been tripod mounted.

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