The cold moon was now in its last quarter phase. I wasn’t sure it would be visible enough for my camera and film. But I wanted to determine the right location to set the camera for a future shooting at the Manteo waterfront, so I headed out around 8 o’clock or so. I was in no hurry since the moon would not come up until after midnight.
The next morning, I closed the shutter around 6:48 a.m. The ground was covered with frost as was the camera. This cold moon shot would live up to its name. I wondered if the film itself, inside the camera had a layer of frost on it. That would be interesting, to shoot the cold moon through a layer of frost. But, apparently there was no frost in the can. I would have to think more about that for the future.
Cold Moon, Stone Cross
The scene for this shot was an old stone cross that is on the southern edge of the Manteo waterfront. The cross was discovered years ago when the county excavated an area to build the new high school. I’m not sure exactly when that was, but would guess it was in the 1960’s.
Friday, 23 December 2005 Eastern Standard Time
Sunset 4:54 p.m.
Start photo 9:00 p.m.
Moonrise 12:25 a.m. on the 24th
End photo 6:48 a.m. on the 24th
Sunrise 7:11 a.m. on the 24th
Last quarter Moon on 23 December 2005 at 2:36 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.