You can see why people throughout time have been fascinated by the moon.  Fascination for some to the extent of worshiping it. Although today you may not find people sacrificing chickens in honour of the moon god,  its draw remains.  

The first full moon in July

The last moon in July....a blue one?

The recent Blue Moons seen splashed across the press and internet seemed to re-light this fascination with all.   I really had no idea what to expect.  Other than my mother using the phrase "once in a blue moon", used to explain an uncommon event - like tidying your bedroom it was a mystery.

Well unsurprisingly this Blue Moon event during this July was one of those....well.....once in a "blue moon" moments.  Until I looked it on the internet, I didn't understood what it meant. Two full moons in a month doesn't seem like a big deal, but apparently it is.  Also, what about the blue bit?...well from what I understand the moon has on rare events, (like pollution or volcanic eruptions) has appeared to be blue.  But this time we had to settle for yellowy orange colour.

Actually the previous night would of been a better night for the occasion - as it was clear and with considerable evening sunlight left, but as it happened, the full moon on Friday was slightly cloudy and with the light fading fast.

July's Blue Moon

Blue Moon eve - lots more sun light!

I'm no expert but I have been asked a few times how I have made the moon look so big in my pictures, as when they take a picture the moon its tiny.  Without going into much detail, it has to with how a lens works. To get these types of shots you need to use a longest lens you own. I use a 300mm or 600mm.

With these long lens they tend to compress the scene you are looking at through your view finder, so objects far away are made to look closer than perhaps they really are (i.e. brought forward into the scene but without changing their relative size).  

Alternatively if you take a picture with a wider angle lens, it tends to have the opposite effect - objects far away made to look even further away and unlike the longer lens, there relative size is reduced. This is very common effect when people take pictures with their iPhones where these phone cameras lens are around 30mm mark.

No doubt there are better explanations, but that's my take on it. 

I've taken a fair few moon photos - the list below are previous bog posts with a few pictures of super moons and various other types of moon. 

.....and a question for anyone that may know - why does the cat also go a bit mad on full moons? 

My previous blog posts on the moon......

All images Copyright - David Rice

David is a photographer based in Carmarthenshire, West Wales.  When not with his family, he enjoys capturing images of the beautiful Towy valley.  His work can be seen at and on Facebook - or a regular tweeter on twitter @caerwynt_loops.  He can be contacted by email with any questions.