The milk moon

…and so my fascination with the full moon continues and this month’s episode is brought to you courtesy of the “Milk Moon”, “Flower Moon” or “Corn Planting Moon” – each moon has many names according to the culture that has named it :-) I should perhaps point out that the names are names of the moons (lunations), not necessarily just the full moons… so, I’m glad we’ve cleared that!

This month I went to two of Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata’s defining features; Iglesia de San Miguel and Arrecife de las Sirenas. Oh, I didn’t tell you did I? At the beginning of this year, I went to a film casting for a movie that was being made in the natural park, well I never got the part (their loss!) but over the past few weeks the filming has begun and last night I was surprised to see a whole film crew with lights, cameras and no doubt action next to the church!

The milk moon

Say hello to this month’s host, “the milk moon”

Iglesia de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Miguel (partly lit by film crew lights)

Iglesia de San Miguel (partly lit by film crew lights)

The strip of coastline alongside the church has a rich history of fishing and there are many old abandoned boats that have been left there as a monument to the fishing heritage… a bit like a living museum. Some of these boats and boat stays are indeed very picturesque.

Boat stay (historical artifact)

Boat stay (historical artifact)

Boats with character and history like these can be found dotted along the coastal strip.

The living museum

The living museum

A monument to the fishing heritage of Cabo de Gata

A monument to the fishing heritage of Cabo de Gata

The film that is currently being made in Cabo de Gata, keeping the movie culture going in Almería is called El Niño and these old salt-factory workers houses have been converted to a bar & hotel and in amazingly good taste. I hope they are left like this!

Former salt-factory worker houses

Former salt-factory worker houses

I love the effect that the film crew lights have on these boats.

Alien abduction of boats :-)

Alien abduction of boats :-)

Over now to Arrecife de las Sirenas, one of my favourite beauty spots. I was here a few times last week when the wind was fierce and you could barely stand up it was so strong, I will write a separate post about this :-)

Looking eastwards (levante)

Looking eastwards (levante)

As you can possibly appreciate taking photographs in the dark has many pitfalls, the biggest of them being focusing! I have kind of developed a technique for this which seems to work most of the time. Also there is always a trade-off between ISO (ASA in old money!) / f-stop (DOF) / shutter-speed. At times I like to show the star trails which can mean exposures of up to 30 minutes but these, where I have tried to show the stars all twinkly are only about 30 seconds. In fact most of the photographs on this page were made using a 30 second exposure. Of course you need a tripod and a remote control or it’s possible with shutter speeds of 30 seconds to use the self-timer… oh and your best friend will be a good torch!

Arrecife de las Sirenas

Arrecife de las Sirenas

Do you fancy having a go at taking photos by moonlight? Give me a shout and we can make it so…

Email: martyn@cabodegataphotography.com

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3 responses to “The milk moon

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