27 June 2016
I. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Hipstamatic
II. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Snapseed
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Cloudscapes were complicit. Hues danced in cooperation. Droves of people congregated. My grandson and I spent the first hour entertained by the sunset—a sunset that would be (at its finale) simultaneous with a strawberry moon. This solstice moon last occurred in 1967 (known as the “summer of love”), and fulfilled its destiny by appearing close to the horizon. It cannot be missed with its cloak of pinkish reds or reddish pinks or orangey pinks. The next showing will be 2062. Hum, glad that I saw this one.
The sky was saturated with cloud formations that stunned. They seem to be celebrating this occasion. Our town’s reservoir is an optimum setting for sunrises and sunsets, and on this particular evening the sky performed with a staggering kaleidoscopic palette.
This curious event peaked our photographic penchant. The confluence of events allowed us to hold onto each moment with quiet admiration. Waiting and watching, being mindful to everything and everyone surrounding us, especially the sky from East to West and West to East. The myriad of cloudscapes kept altering, and the soft and then vibrant colors were on their own kind of adventures.
Color memory is ambiguous, unreliable about the original encounter. An epiphanous moment will shine in the memory’s recall, but details are often illusive. Pick a hue for an occasion, and try to replicate it without a sample. The results are usually laughable.
When I try to remember the feeling that wells during a particular sunset, I am relieved that I can return to my photographs. Even so I find that nothing can replace a face-to-face experience with Mother Nature. No matter how much effort I mobilize to envision the combination of colors with their subtleties and strengths, it never matches the encounter. I believe that is exactly the way it ought to be.
In the Lens section are two images from this year’s summer solstice. Image one was taken twenty minutes before the second one. The combinations of hues reminded me of a Pantone chart that has each color systematically presented in a range of choices. The spectrum of cloud formations enchanted and spun my thoughts. Still it was a quietude of the best sort where nature’s creativity inspired and tranquilized.
As we marveled at the sunset, we walked to view the Eastern sky and their before us was the strawberry moon with a haze of orange-red clouds, encircled by a ring of strawberry red. It was cause for momentary celebration.
The architecture of Mother Nature is constantly changing and reaffirming, altering and redefining. But its ability to engage is always certain. To be sure the solstice sunset and strawberry moon could be witnessed through a panoramic swath of nature’s ability to stun our senses and spark our awe.
****Oh, you were wondering where is my photograph of the moon. The Smartphone is notorious for its inability to capture low-light images. The strawberry moon appeared to us at 8:55 p.m., and continued until it was hiding behind clouds and trees. Here is my best capture, which was done with my DSLR Nikon.
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Tip of the Week: While reading one of my nighttime lullabies on Flipboard, an article suggested the app, Slow Shutter. Since its long exposures make it a bonus for low light, I must try it for night shots. Maybe if I had it on the evening of the summer solstice, I would have been able to get better results on my iPhone capturing the strawberry moon. Here is the link in the iTunes App Store. It’s $1.99, and can be used on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
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