Last updated on December 13th, 2019 at 12:27 pm
Several days ago, I showed a photograph and asked: “What’s Wrong With This Picture”. Here is more information.
Nancy took this overview a minute later. Both were taken in March 2016, while we were on a trip to Antarctica. The mountains (and snow) in the first picture should have told you “we’re not in Kansas (or Florida), anymore.”video The moon in both pictures is waxing (growing) gibbous (more than half full), meaning the full moon would be five days later. Those are Gentoo penguins you see in this picture. She took these photos on the way back to the ship after our morning excursion, as I remember.
Although I was a bit surprised nobody mentioned that the moon, as the subject of the first picture, was too centered, thus violating the rule of thirds, one member of my camera club did think the image confusing because she wasn’t sure what the subject was. That was a completely valid point and was probably why Nancy had to be coaxed into taking that picture. The overview shown above might be better in that respect, but here is why I (the technical support guy) found the image interesting:
The moon and the sun follow similar paths across the sky and the lighted part of the moon always points directly toward the sun along that path. Every time I’ve ever seen the moon just above the horizon, it was pointing almost straight up (or down). The moon in these two pictures is pointing to the left, a difference of almost 90° from my normal.
The mountains give almost no locational clue, but the snow at sea level tells you that we are not that close to the equator and the penguins tell us which hemisphere we are in (the specific species will narrow down the possible locations even further). The angle of the moon does the best job, however, of narrowing the geographical possibilities – showing that we were close to the (Ant)arctic Circle.
To get the same effect with Photoshop wouldn’t be that hard, but would take more than just cropping. And this effect doesn’t fall in the impossible range, like a star between the tips of a crescent moon, or maybe either type of eclipse during the quarter moon, so it is unlikely to be found in a unicorn shot or the like. It is just a very unusual perspective that I wanted to appreciate for what it was and share with my friends.
By the way, this is the third article (set) I’ve published in the last three weeks involving the moon. But fear not, I’m ready to move on. Thank you for listening.