Tent by moonlight

We’re just back from two weeks on Vancouver Island and have some catching up to do 🙂 We took over 2000 photos and filled 3 16GB memory cards… In the meantime, here’s a shot of our tent lit by moonlight at Baby Bedwell Lake from last Friday after the mosquitoes had finally gone to bed. I was hoping to catch a Perseid or two but caught a satellite instead. You may be able to make out the Andromeda galaxy, M31, if you look closely enough…

This night we’d retired to the tent before it got dark as the mosquitoes were getting way too annoying. Which meant we had to get up again before settling down to sleep to attend the call of nature. By then the moon had risen and was illuminating the landscape around us perfectly well for me to see without my headlamp. And the bugs had gone, so I was able to lie on the rocks for a while and just enjoy the warm night air. By now everyone else had crawled into their tents and the campground was still and quiet. Perfect conditions for a few night photographs.

I remember being captivated by a long exposure photograph taken under full moonlight that showed a landscape and stars. Since then – which was back in 1990 or thereabouts – I’ve wanted to recreate something similar. This is a 30-second exposure – not long enough really to capture the light properly, but it’s always hard to tell at the time since the camera screen is so bright relative to the surroundings. Next time I know to try for a minute or so. And now that it’s later in the year, the moon will be higher in the sky and thus a little brighter too. OK – roll on some nice September and October weekends!

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