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The half-moon shot

Marty’s photo of the day #4089: When visiting the American Prairie Reserve earlier this month, Deb, Nellie, and I spent all five of our evenings there, lying on our backs, drinking adult beverages, and watching the stars. (Well, as responsible parents, Deb and I didn’t actually let our dog, Nellie, have any of the adult beverages.) There’s nothing like the night sky, when there aren’t any electric lights within fifty miles! I’ve never seen so many shooting stars and satellites.

Accompanying us was a beautiful half-moon, low in the sky. I’ve shot some really cool moon photos in the past, but I couldn’t remember the correct camera settings, and all my photos were turning out over-exposed. Finally, in frustration, I asked Deb to help me out. I think this half-moon shot turned out great!

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