I have not posted anything here at NPN in a real long time. I have been a member since its very inception and was very active early on. My introduction to photography came about through trying to photograph the new crescent moon. I have rarely shared my moon photos here on NPN as it seemed as though something so simple could not elicit the response or interest in what I was doing so I branched out and photographed other things and grew as a photographer because of it. In the last several years my effort in photography has somewhat waned, to use a moon term, and I still use a 4x5 film camera for all my landscape work. I do not own a latest generation digital camera, and still do all my moon photography with a Nikon D2x and Nikon 400mm f/5.6 fixed focal length lens.
So I thought I would re-introduce myself here and this time starting out with one of my more recent moon photos with a reflection on why I think the moon, and the photos I make of it are so grand. I hope I can find the time to be more active here, but just know it was NPN that fueled my creativity and helped me grow as a photogrpaherand I will always be grateful for that.
The moon goes through its monthly journey around the Earth, for the most part, completely unnoticed. It does not appear with great fanfare or make some big announcement that it is about to appear. It is one of the most beautiful objects in our sky. It’s subtle. It illuminates our nights with its moonshine. It is our celestial clock, and knowing its phase as well as knowing where it is among the zodiac will tell us the time of the year. When I look at the moon I only see beauty. And even though it is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it is also understood that beauty is universally recognized. One hallmark of beauty, according to James Thurber, is that “Beautiful things don’t ask for attention”. If you ponder upon this statement for a while I think you will come to the conclusion that the moon is certainly one of those things, and as it runs through it’s secret life, it does allow us to see it’s beauty, if we are willing to look.