I never got a really good capture because I have not been practicing and spent most of my time fumbling with cold fingers in the dark and wondering why the camera wouldn't do what I wanted it to do. In my own defense, however, my training is currently up-to-date on painting, caulking, and feeding babies.
Two different types of things -- please don't think that I'm caulking babies.
But shooting the moon at night...
Don't say it, Bagman!
...gave me more learning experiences than actual photographs.
But what bothered me besides focus and steadiness (yes even with a tripod) -- was that little green smear in the lower left corner. I noticed it and was afraid that I had some moisture on the lens, which happened to me several years ago in Italy.
This was a bit better although it required a little photoshop layering to bring out all the color rows. And by then I had decided it was not on the camera but one of those reflection circles that happen soemtimes when you shoot near or into the sun.
In this totally un-retouched image, the circle seems to have substance.
Blowing it up, I find myself looking at the moon. (No, I did not cut and paste this - it is straight from the camera). What is the moon doing there when it is supposed to be in the middle of the white circle?
Why is it green? Is this cheese?
I have to figure that it is a very clear refraction through ice crystals. But why is only one part of the light spectrum refracted? Polluted ice crystals? Global warming?
I've got a lot to learn about astronomy and light as well as about photography. And caulking babies.