Thursday, January 20, 2011

By the light of the Wolf Moon

The Light Inside Is Warmer Than the Light Outside
Around here, winter nights with a full moon are often beautiful but cold, and last night was no exception. Coming out of the Sequoya Library, I was struck by the contrast between the warmth of the light in the windows of the house with the smoke coming from the chimney and the icy snowscape outside, illuminated by the blue light of the full moon. This one is the Wolf Moon in Native American tradition, named for the wolves howling at the moon outside their villages on cold January nights.

Exposure: 28mm (equiv.), f/2.8, 1/4, ISO 400, -3 exposure comp to reduce flare from the moon and the windows, vibration reduction turned off, camera propped against a car to stabilize it. (I probably should have left VR on -- I was thinking of a tripod, when you're supposed to turn it off.)

Full Moon Over GlenwayMy drive home took me past Glenway Golf Course, that intimate little neighborhood municipal course on the near west side. The moonlight on the blanket of snow that covered Glenway was magical. I stopped for a quick shot. This time I was less concerned about sharpness than a general impression. Also, there was nothing handy to prop the camera against. So I turned the vibration reduction back on for a 1-sec handheld time exposure. The rest was the same as above -- 28mm (equiv.), f/2.8, 1/4, ISO 400, -3.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Words to think about on MLK Jr. Day from speech in which he talked of "a society gone mad on war."

Words to Ponder on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

-- Martin Luther King Jr., "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,” April 4, 1967, Riverside Church, New York City

Photo: Taken on my visit to Arlington National Cemetery in 2009, a deeply moving experience.

Not everyone hates winter, at least not all the time

Vilas Park Lagoon
The light snow the other day just added to the fun for skaters in Madison. These were on the Vilas Park Lagoon, photographed from the stone bridge at the western entrance to the park.