Pho­tograph­ingMoroni andthe­su­per­moon

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - Ed Helmick

On the evening of Nov. 14, we had what is pop­u­larly called a “Su­per­moon” or what as­tronomers call a perigee full moon. This is a sit­u­a­tion where the moon’s el­lip­ti­cal or­bit puts it in its clos­est po­si­tion to the earth. The re­sult is the moon ap­pears slightly larger than nor­mal. Ac­tu­ally, the in­for­ma­tion I read was that the moon should ap­pear about 7 per­cent larger.

This got me think­ing about how to take ad­van­tage of a slightly larger moon. Then I got an idea: the moon rises in the east, and wouldn’t it be neat to get a sil­hou­ette of a Moroni sculp­ture in front of the moon? I thought the Payson Tem­ple would be the best pos­si­ble lo­ca­tion with a park­ing lot on the west side of the tem­ple for po­si­tion­ing the cam­era and tri­pod. A com­mit­ment kept my wife Jan­ice and me from scout­ing out the lo­ca­tion on Nov. 13, so Mon­day night the 14th was the first op­por­tu­nity we had to be on­site. We ar­rived about an hour be­fore sun­set for some tem­ple pho­tos and to pa­tiently wait for the moon­rise.

Fi­nally, at about 7:15 p.m., Jan­ice said, “There it is,” as the moon peeked up over the ridge of the moun­tains on a per­fectly clear night. The park­ing lot at the tem­ple is closed on Mon­days and we found we could not align Moroni and the moon. We searched for other lo­ca­tions that might give me the view we wanted and could not find what we needed. The con­clu­sion was we should re­turn on Tues­day evening. On Tues­day, around sun­set, we were

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