August 31, 2012 brings the second full moon for the month of August, an event known as a 'Blue Moon' which comes around only once every three years.
Newsviner 'Jack Death' [column link] suggests a Photo-Challenge, a great idea full of creative and thoughtful possibilities, so with three weeks to prepare here we go:
There are no restrictions on technique or style or content other than the moon itself. You can shoot it as tight as you lens allows, or you can shoot it wide and use it as part of a landscape or cityscape.
You can do time-exposures, or time-lapse exposures; or if you want to practice your photo-editing skills, you can edit to your hearts content, as long as you start with one or more images of this month's Blue Moon.
You can interpret it, and answer the question of what a Blue Moon means to you, and what thoughts or memories it may bring to mind. You can combine it with prose, poetry or just post the images alone. You can find a group of hobbyist astronomers, and tell their story as a photo-essay. That's all up to you.
But...All photographs must be your own, and not from any other persons or outside sources. Because, after all, the point with a challenge is to do it ourselves. If there's a writer you want to work with, that's encouraged too; just be sure to give credit to each other so we can all appreciate the talent and work of each person involved.
Instead of rushing to post your articles, especially for those that want to play with their photo-editing, try to post them for 'Weekend-Exposure', using that tag, and the ' Photo-Challenge' tag so that others can easily find them. Late with posting, never fear, our deadlines are loose because life is busy, so just post when you can...the point is to enjoy and not stress over it.
Posting a general location and local time for your photos is encouraged, it may help us to compare with each other in differant regions and time zones.
There are links below for calculating the time of, and compass points for moonrise in your various regions. It's also a good idea if you have time, to practice-shoot the night before, because as you can see if you read the story in the bottom link, even the pros don't always get it right on the first try. If you use any of those practice shots, mark them appropriately to avoid confusion.
For the History of, and more detailed explanation of Blue Moons:
Links for photography tips, and calculating moonrise for your location:
Moonrise time calculator by draggable map:
Moonrise Azimuth/Altitude Calculator:
For an excellent story of a photographer shooting the first full moon of August, next to the Olympic Rings at Tower Bridge in London:
*Article photos are altered-color.
* please respect the photographer's rights and do not download images without consent.