Pictures of Atwater Community Bible Church

I’ve been wanting to shoot something for a few weeks now, or maybe I should rephrase that…photograph something for a few weeks now. I was recently playing around with The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) program and decided I’d try to it out here in town. According to TPF, the moon rises at 7:36 this evening (Tuesday) and my church would be an interesting subject. I envisioned the church/steeple/cross in the foreground and the moon as a background, while the sky would be still visible.

I went outside to look at the sky and I see clouds. Not very promising if you’re planning on photographing the moon. Since the church was only a mile away, I packed my gear and set out. If the moon didn’t show, maybe I could get some nice sunset pictures…since I handle the church’s website.

As predicted, I had a nice sunset, but capturing the moon was a different story. I forgot about the trees on the horizon and the fact that by the time the moon was high enough to view the moon and church….it was too dark . I had to think of a plan ‘B’. I decided to obscure the moon by shielding the church steeple. It would make a nice halo around the steeple and cross.

So all and all, I think it turned out okay…

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

The text and photographs are © Copyright Mike Matenkosky (or others when indicated) and are not in the public domain and may not be used on websites, blogs, or in other media without advance permission from Mike Matenkosky.

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