No moon over Half Dome, but…

fire_house_skyScott and I did not make it to Yosemite for the every-19-year ritual of the moon hanging in very nearly the position it did for one Mr. Adams’ photo. Good thing, too.

But our failure has left me pining for an iconic image of my own. We tried Moon over Menlo, to no great effect, despite some trick Photoshop manipulation. A couple other recent essays weren’t even worth publishing.

Last week we happened by the downtown substation of the Menlo Park Fire Department, and witnessed the kind of cheery holiday lights you expect from guys who tend to have some time on their hands. Last week’s expedition was frustrated by a balky lens that rendered every picture in something less than perfect focus.

So we went back this evening, a bit earlier than previously, intent on seeing how the evening sky might work into things. Yesterday was a gloomy day similar to today, but a little color flashed in the sky as the sun was going down.

No color tonight, but a bluish glow and a bright line in the clouds, as well as the rain-slicked streets, helped this atmospheric study of the firehouse. This picture was made ‘old school,’ with a non-image-stabilized lens, using the old photog trick of bracing the camera against a solid object, in this case the window frame of a Ford Escape…


About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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4 Responses to No moon over Half Dome, but…

  1. Wow! That’s a beauty! Wonderful exposure as I would expect. 🙂 How cool of the guys to put up all those lights.

  2. Lisa says:

    I must have Seattle on my mind. Before I read your comment, I saw a houseboat on a calm moonlit Lake Union. Lovely

  3. Chris says:

    We try, and sometimes we get lucky. I can see the houseboat!

    As for Menlo FD, they’ve turned a couple of their very shiny rigs into rolling holiday displays… we’ll try to get a picture… for InMenlo.

  4. Yes, I see that houseboat too!

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