Moonrise & Sunrise over Shoudoshima
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Moonrise Over Shoudoshima Shoudoshima, Japan -- Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 15 sec, f/4, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Moonrise Over Shoudoshima
Shoudoshima, Japan

On our short trip to Shoudoshima Island at the end of the year, I took advantage of some post-sickness insomnia to try an impromptu moonrise shot from the balcony of our room. It was freezing outside (literally) and the wind was howling something fierce, but I was able to let the camera sit on the edge of a wall for a long exposure.

I'm pretty sure that the dotted lights on the horizon under the moon are on the Naruto Bridge connecting Awaji Island with Shikoku, 28 miles away.

That's Venus to the lower left of the moon.

Two Hours Later brightening up considerably -- Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24mm f/1.4 @ 24 mm — 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Two Hours Later
brightening up considerably
Another 20 Minutes Further On sunrise over Awaji Island in the background -- Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 500 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/6.3, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Another 20 Minutes Further On
sunrise over Awaji Island in the background

This makes me realize suddenly that the background land seen in this sunset I posted last year must be the Shoudoshima, so today's sunrise is a “reverse angle” of last year's sunset.

The sun quickly hid behind some clouds, but once it rose a bit, the color shifted toward a more normal orange/yellow, and there was a short span with nice sunbeams emerging from the clouds...

Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 240 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/6, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos
Shodoshima, Kagawa, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Sigma “Bigma” 50-500mm OS @ 95 mm — 1/6400 sec, f/5, ISO 800 — map & image datanearby photos

While I'm at it, here's the sunset over the island, as seen from the ferry (through a dirty window) on our way there a couple of days earlier....

Himeji, Hyogo, Japan -- Copyright 2010 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 35 mm — 1/4000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

Continued here...


All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

The first picture is amazing!

— comment by Gianluca on January 21st, 2011 at 9:41pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Apple should license the “Moonrise & Sunrise over Shoudoshima” picture as the background image for their next iPad. Absolutely beautiful.

— comment by Jose Marques on January 21st, 2011 at 10:56pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

The first pic is very very good.

Cheers,

Tregix.

— comment by tregix on January 22nd, 2011 at 4:35am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

First photograph, especially, is absolutely beautiful. It would make a good desktop image, except that the icons would detract (though I keep them to a minimum). Lovely crepuscular rays in the next to last one.

You certainly made the best of your insomnia !

— comment by Peter in Wales on January 23rd, 2011 at 1:02am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Jeffrey, I wouldn’t fight the insomnia too much when you get the chance to be so creative in the small hours! My grandmother told me sleeping well is the privilege of the young. But of course being the father of a lively son, I guess you don’t get much chance to take an afternoon nap like she used to!
Thank you for these latest pics – very enjoyable.
Meanwhile, back to the stonecarver’s garden for me!
Annie

— comment by Annie Robinson. London on January 24th, 2011 at 7:55am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

The first photo on this post is absolutely stunning. Agree with everyone. Kudos on the shot.

— comment by Chris on January 26th, 2011 at 10:30am JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink

Moonrise Over Shoudoshima – spectacular. AND it was already my ipad background when I read Jose Marques’s comment 🙂 Great minds think alike.

Also, a few days ago Josh (4 years) was studying a picture he had drawn which included the sun (and dinosaurs, of course!) He asked me why the sun is drawn with “those lines sticking out all over”. Your sunrise photos were GREAT in explaining that they represented sunbeams!

— comment by Marcina (USA) on January 26th, 2011 at 12:36pm JST (6 years, 11 months ago) comment permalink
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