I just got back from a few days in Puerto Rico, which I was there mainly for my great-aunt’s 90th birthday surprise party. I had a couple of days to stroll around Old San Juan (it’s quite a bit different than the rest of the island), so I’ll have plenty of photos to edit and post soon hopefully. This shot was taken at El Morro, or to be more precise, the 16th century fortress Fort San Felipe del Morro on the north side of the island facing the Atlantic. Sunday morning, March 20th.
I hate leaving the photoblog static like that for a week but was too busy and overwhelmed before I left to prepare new material to post. Oops.
Photo taken this past Sunday evening. I see here in August the moon rises at just the right time for a certain dramatic effect. I was in Preston, Kansas, a tiny, and regrettably foundering town of which I have some ties to. I stop there every once in a while when I’m visiting my grandmother who now lives in Stafford, roughly twenty miles to the north.
This photo is different than my normal in a few ways. I deactivated the telephoto lens’s auto-focus and manually trained it on the moon, allowing everything else to blur, including the foliage. I took several varied exposures for HDR to display the very subtle differences to be seen in color and contrast across parts of the photo. Actually I do that kind of thing frequently, but manually focusing on blissful, pastoral country settings take a bit of getting accustomed to for me. Normally I leave the serene nature photography to people who have more practice at it. I imagine those photographers are of a more serene and content personal nature in general as well. It makes one wonder.