Night photography is something that I only just recently became interested in. And it took a little nudge by Ahnate, who suggested that we spend a Friday night on the east side of the island, in the cold darkness, and try to take pictures of the Milky Way. I didn’t think that it was possible to take photos of the Milky Way without the use of expensive photography equipment and super fancy lenses. I was wrong. And Friday was awesome.
For our recent 4-day adventure to the Big Island, we decided that wanted to visit the summit of Mauna Kea. To get to the summit, one must drive up the infamous Saddle Road. Many locals will tell you that Saddle Road is a very dangerous road to drive on. In fact, a portion of the 16 mile road, just past the visitor center, is unpaved and very rugged. To aid in our excursion through Saddle Road and to maintain the limited warranty on our rental vehicle, we decided on going with a tour group led by Hawaii Forest & Trail. The last thing that we needed was a flat tire on our Mustang at 13,000 feet with no cellular signal available .
Last night, moon gazers and photographers were out in full force to catch a glimpse of super moon 2012. According to NASA, the super moon hit at exactly 8:34 p.m. Pacific time, meaning that at this moment the moon reached its “closest point to Earth in its elliptical pattern” and lined up with both the Earth and the sun “to become gloriously full.” Anthony Cook, astronomical observer at L.A.’s Griffith Observatory, also noted that the moon would be 30% brighter than usual.