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It finally happened.

Okay, this post won’t be super funny haha, but I’m really excited and I just had to share. Sorry for two posts in one day. Or should I say you’re welcome.

Most of you probably don’t know that I’m also very into photography. Like real photography. Not the crap snapshots you see on Single Dad Laughing (most of which I took with my phone), but actual good stuff. Last Halloween, I was out trick-or-treating with Noah, and as we were walking, a full moon started peaking its head over the mountain. I can’t express the beauty of it. The silhouette of the scrub oak trees a mile above us, blackened against a beaming moon, was absolutely incredible. Problem was, I didn’t have my camera, so a memory it would always be.

Since then, I have never been able to recreate the shot. I’ve tried at almost every full moon, but it either comes up somewhere else, way too late at night, middle of the day, or in general just didn’t happen. But the other night I was outside playing with my dog (yeah, at night, I’m a weirdo), and the moon started to peak over the mountain.

I rushed through the house at full speed gathering lenses, tripods, camera bags, filters, and anything else to take the perfect shot. I ran back outside literally two minutes later, and the moon was already completely risen. I gritted my teeth, hoisted all my gear, and started booking it on foot toward the mountain. I had to get far enough to get the mountain in front of the moon again.

I got about two blocks down and my shot was lined up again. I snapped a photo to check my settings. No good. I tweaked some things and snapped another. Still no good. It took a few snaps, but by the time I dialed in the right settings (the moon is awfully hard to photograph properly), it was again completely risen. So, I sprinted yet again toward the mountain.

I went further than I had to; This time I wasn’t going to miss it. I couldn’t miss it. It was my last chance, maybe for months. It finally started coming up over the mountain. I literally had only 45 seconds to capture my long-awaited shot before it was all-together too late. And… it finally happened. The planets aligned, and I finally got it.

Click to enlarge.

Thank goodness for my monster pervert zoom lens… that’s all I have to say.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing Giddy

PS, here are a few of my favorites as long as I’m sharing. Just a side of me you never knew. Enjoy.

I happened to snap Noah at mid-sneeze during his 6 month photo shoot.
This one was a serious favorite on Flickr.
Bridals are definitely among my favorite types of photography.
This was taken with three different exposures in Hawaii.
A picture’s worth a 1000 words.
I was at a castle in England. Check out the castle reflection.
Taken off the Na Pali coastline in Kauai.
The little bugger caught me sneaking up on him, but made a cool shot.
43 comments
Amy
Amy

Your pics are beautiful! And you are so lucky to have visited so many beautiful places :)

Jacqueline
Jacqueline

See that is why I am so captivated by you. I love my photography, I am only playing on a Pentax X90 (yep not quite DSLR, not quite compact) and I take some good ones out of a car window at 110km/h (fast) .... I love it. It's my passion. I started by taking photos with my sony c903 mobile phone (got it just for the 5mp camera) and it was born from there.

I knew there was something more special about you. :) You inspire me beyond belief.

Kitty
Kitty

Dan you are a man of mystery. What next??? I love the pics. Just got a new super de duper camera and I want to do pics of my kids for Fathers day. I know who to ask for help now..........

Kyla
Kyla

Speechless!
I want to take up photography as well, I do think I'd be good at it.
Now to just come up with the money to get the equipment!
As for moons, saw the most awesome red moon about a week ago while visiting my sister in Vancouver. It rose low and brilliant orange/red over the city, as we were going over one of many bridges.. (was it Lions Gate? can't remember) Tried to capture it with my Kodak, but it just doesn't work.
LIke you said, memory has to do.

Southern momma
Southern momma

Wow Dan, you are one talented so and so! As a fellow photog.... kudos nice shots...and even more kudos for showing your crazy photog side and running towards that mountain.... oh the things I've done for THE shot! :)

Gillian
Gillian

Your photos are wonderful, Dan! I've seen the one of Noah sneezing before - it's gone viral.

I'm working my way through your blog from the beginning, after reading a few recent ones that a friend posted on Facebook, and thoroughly enjoying it.

By the way, I don't know if you're aware, but the comments section on lots of your pages is all messed up, so the comments can't be read. (I would think it's just my wacky computer, but it doesn't happen on every blog entry, just some of them.)

allysha
allysha

great pictures :) i love to take pictures, and it is always the ones you never expect to see are the ones that take your breath away!

Melanie
Melanie

Wow! These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

Jessica
Jessica

Incredible photos!! I can certainly vouch for the greatness of the moon rising over the mountains during this week. We were driving from California back to Michigan August 25 and 26. Unfortunately I didn't get to capture it due to the fact that I was in a moving vehicle. You definitely did a fantastic job though!

Six
Six

Hey Dan. Whats the off chance you have high res versions of those nature shots? Those would be great desktop backgrounds

Kay31
Kay31

Amazing photos! I'm jealous! I'm slowly saving up for a new camera, I have a Crappy CRAPPY digital camera that I've been taking photos with for the past 5 years. I COULD have a good camera right now if I wanted to.. but that would require the black market and either a body part or my sweet baby boy. *sigh* one day.. one day.
Once I figure this clog sit out I'd like to post some of my pictures.. HA.. give me a few years!
anyhow! great photos, Dan!

Erica
Erica

Seriously geeking out over the castle-reflection-in-the-eye. Wow.

Jody
Jody

Wow! Great pics, thanks for sharing...who knew....OK so I posted on another blog a couple hours ago (Or so) that I was reading your posts. I'm STILL reading. Not sure if that makes me really cool, or really lame...Hmmm

Fiona
Fiona

The perseverance paid off! That moon shot is fantastic, as are the other photos. Off to look for you on Flickr now.
PS Just recently found your blog and am really glad I did.

Frumzy
Frumzy

Love your pics Dan! I'm glad you got your shot!
It's hard to get a good family pic when the best photogs you know need to be in the picture too! :)

June67
June67

Wow! Great shots. Especially the reflection of the castle. Photography is one of my bucket list items.

Crazy computer dad
Crazy computer dad

The brightness of the moon and the darkness of the sky make it a tough shot for automatic metering. I play with several aperture and shutter speed settings when I take moon shots. Overtime I have learned how to quickly get the shot I want. That is a great one !

Aimee
Aimee

I love your photos. Wish I could afford to have some hanging in my house. I don't even have a recent family one. Ours is 5 years old! :_

Emily
Emily

I love all these, especially the birdhouse! I just got a Nikon D90 and am trying to get into photography. Let me know if you have any tips for a beginner. Love your blog and your adorable boy!

The Real Dave
The Real Dave

Excellent picture. But for a moment there I thought you were going to pull a fast one on us and give us a view of another kind of moon... Whew!

Freemom
Freemom

Wow. Well worth the effort! Good job.

Jessica
Jessica

Great pictures! I wish my pictures turned out that good.

Kay
Kay

Awesome! The planets do realign themselves for us occasionally! Glad you got the shot of your dreams!

Stephanie
Stephanie

Such beautiful photos! I love the birds-eye view of the castle!

Tomi Ann
Tomi Ann

Way to go, bro! You better know I'm your #1 fan!

gringation
gringation

So cool :) I love the... ok couldn't pick just one favorite, but I love them all!

khippor
khippor

Nice pics! I need a camera. Now, where to find the money.....?

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Thanks! There are a ton of good photographers out there. But you're right. None as good as your sons.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

June, with pretty incredible DSLR cameras available for so inexpensive now, it's definitely one you could knock out sooner than later!

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Hey, thanks for posting! I've shot the moon enough times to be quick at it too, but it never is exaclty the same as the time before, is it?

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Emily, my only tip is to never sit people down and pose them. The best photography of people comes from following people around, catching them doing what they do in real life. Especially children. Also, take a few classes at your local photography store. It's cheap and you'll learn tons.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Dave, please see my other secret blog for that. But don't tell anybody it exists.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Thanks! In the meantime, just clip some from National Georgraphic or something and claim them as yours. I don't think there's anything wrong with that.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Thanks Stephanie. I love that one too. I was blessed to get so close to that owl with a macro lens.

Single Dad Laughing
Single Dad Laughing

Money is easy to find. I always found it in my mom's purse. Try that first.

June67
June67

That's true, but with 3 growing kids--and 2 of them teenagers--my budget is pretty depleted right now. : P