Photography Shenanigans – Fun with Watercolors and Moon Shots

Even though I remembered last night’s super pink moon I wasn’t really ready for it.

Earlier in the day I’d gone outside to take pictures of my backyard stream using long exposures. My Sony RX10 has some cool functions so I also used one that turns the ordinary into a watercolor.

Worked great for the stream I thought (though I should have used a tripod.)

I forgot about the moon till later, expecting a mostly cloudy night. But when I opened the door to let Benji in there it was, a full moon, high and brilliant, overhead in just the right spot for me to capture it. So I grabbed my camera and headed outdoors fiddling with camera settings, not bothering with the tripod once again, instead propping my elbows on top of the hot tub. I took 20 pictures or so, then transferred them to the computer for a look.

Arrgh! A strange and blurry orb greeted me ~ sigh. I had forgotten to turn off the watercolor setting which happens nearly every time I use it.

By the time I discovered my error the moon had mostly disappeared behind the clouds, still I rushed outside hoping to get at a couple decent shots. This was my favorite.

Isn’t photography fun? ๐Ÿ™‚

~ Susanne

30 Comments on “Photography Shenanigans – Fun with Watercolors and Moon Shots

  1. The tripod worked very well on your moon shots. I think it’s essentail for a nice clear shot like those ones. (We had low cloud, unfortunately)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • I didn’t really plan to take pictures of the moon as I expected cloud cover here too. So I actually didn’t use a tripod. Well, except the one I made by propping my elbows on the hot tub which worked okay to steady myself! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You got a very good photo in the end. It was cloudy here when I looked out. I’ll try again tonight.

  3. Fun. I like the first moon shot; I see Benji jumping in front of a spotlight. Second moon shot is beautiful.

    • Thanks. I got a few decent ones with the watercolor setting but most were just a blur. I’m glad you like the second one too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. (I like the first of the watercolor stream shots particularly and the moon one is a fun accident. The second moon shot is great though. It’s a painting without any need for filters! Nicely done.

    • Thanks so much Graham. It’s fun to play with camera settings. I’m glad I still had time to get a ‘real’ one of the moon. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  5. I think we’ve all done that thing of leaving the camera on a setting by mistake – sometimes the results are quite interesting (like your watercolour moon), other times it’s a disaster! But your final shot is excellent – well worth the wait ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. That wasn’t a “blob” I think you got photobombed by a moonlit squirrel!

  7. I love that watercolor setting! Wish my camera had that. I need to check and see. Your moon shot is still great!

      • Mines a Sony tooโ€ฆcamcorder & camera, so might have something like that!

      • I have a Sony RX10 and there’s a Function setting called Picture Effect.. there are 10 or so different ones there..

      • Thanks for the info, Iโ€™ll check it tomorrowโ€ฆI forgot today! ๐Ÿคช

      • Susanne, I just checked and ai do have those settings, so thank you so much for letting me know! I will be using them in my blog soon!!

  8. Honestly I like the clouds and peek-a-boo moon. More interesting!

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