“A full moon is poison to some; they shut it out at every crevice, and do not suffer a ray to cross them; it has a chemical or magical effect; it sickens them. But I am never more free and royal than when the subtile celerity of its magic combinations, whatever they are, is at work.”
~Harriet Prescott Spofford (1835-1921), The Amber Gods and Other Stories
Blue Moon #1Full moon. Winter moon. Blue moon. St Patrick's Cathedral. Melbourne. Australia.
Blue Moon #16Full moon. Winter moon. Blue moon. St Patrick's Cathedral. Melbourne. Australia.
I'm not sure I've ever experienced anything quite as intoxicating as the sight of the full moon hovering over Melbourne's hauntingly beautiful and historic St Patrick's Cathedral late at night. I didn't realise until a day or two after I took these images at the end of July, that there was a Blue Moon that night. Somehow, that just made it even more special.
Blue Moon #4Full moon. Winter moon. Blue moon. St Patrick's Cathedral. Melbourne. Australia.
Although, that said, I was there very late at night on one other occasion, but unfortunately, I didn't have my camera with me at the time for some reason. It was also in July, back in 2011, as I recall (and I'm still kicking myself about the camera). It was a freezing cold Winter's night, and there was an incredibly heavy fog over the city. Standing alongside the perimeter fence, I couldn't even see the Cathedral spire, or much of anything at all in fact. The whole structure was covered in a thick, wonderfully mysterious blanket of silently drifting fog. It was eerie. And haunting. And beautiful. It was an image that will be forever etched in my mind. As will the sweet, sweet smell of the Jasmine flowers that wafted up from the hedge in full bloom along the fence line. It was intoxicating.
Blue Moon #10Full moon. Winter moon. Blue moon. St Patrick's Cathedral. Melbourne. Australia.
Blue Moon #13Full moon. Winter moon. Blue moon. St Patrick's Cathedral. Melbourne. Australia.
I wasn't at all sure how these shots were going to turn out, or if in fact they even would - but I'm thrilled with how they have. All I took with me was my awesome little Sony A6000 camera, and the equally awesome Lensbaby Composer Pro with the beautiful Edge 80 Optic (my favourite Lensbaby combo!). I threw the tripod in the car boot, but that is where it remained. Understandably, the Cathedral is locked up tight at night, so I had to walk around the perimeter to get these shots. They are all handheld, and straight out of camera, with the exception of some noise reduction using only the Luminance slide bar on the RAW files in Lightroom. Otherwise, they are untouched. I might even have used the JPGs, but they were too grainy. The Cathedral is lit up at night by very strong flood lights in the grounds around it. To counter the yellow effect of the lights, I dropped the white balance right back as far as it would go - hence, the 'blue moon'. :)
I've chosen some of my favourites images from the night, and created a new series - 'Blue Moon', which can be found in this Gallery.