February 2019 Full Moon

“Hunger Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

February’s full moon is tomorrow night! If you are looking for moonrise of the full moon, it will be at 5:19 pm Tuesday night (all times Midcoast Maine, Eastern time), which follows sunset at 5:11 pm. Moonset Tuesday morning at 6:42 am (near sunrise at 6:29 am) is a good photography opportunity, too.

February has some of my favorite names, too, like the Hunger Moon above. Other common names for February full moon are Bone Moon, Storm Moon, and Quiet Moon.

You can find my full moon project, Adventures in Celestial Mechanics, on my website. Enjoy!

“Bone Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Storm Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
“Quiet Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Full Moon January 2019, with bonus eclipse!

“Blood Moon”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

As you have likely heard, the full moon for January is going to be an exciting one! The full moon will occur Sunday night and here in North America we’ll see a total lunar eclipse (as depicted in my photograph from a few years ago above). Now, I say we’ll see the lunar eclipse, but of course you have to avoid having clouds in between you and the moon, and here in New England that is looking unlikely. But you never know…

If the skies cooperate, you can see the eclipse on the East Coast from about 10:30 pm until 1:45 am, with the eclipse being total from about 11:30 to 12:30. Unlike a solar eclipse, you can watch a lunar eclipse with your naked eyes.

You may have seen references to this being a Blood Moon, a Wolf Moon, and a supermoon…the Blood Moon refers to the eclipse (and the color the moon often turns, based on atmospheric conditions), the Wolf Moon is a very common name for the January full moon, and a supermoon means that the moon is a bit closer in its orbit and appears 5-10% larger in the sky than is average.

2019 Printing and Photography Workshops

“The Tarn”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I’m pleased to announce my three 2019 workshops, all provided through Maine Media Workshops. I’m teaching one session of A Sense of Wonder and two separate sessions of my printing course. I’ve included the course descriptions below, and please follow the links to find out more information and to register. Feel free to contact me with any questions as well.

A Sense of Wonder, June 23rd-June 29th, 2019, Maine Media Workshops

Find new avenues for creative expression as you explore the mysteries of the natural world. Through a combination of lectures, image and portfolio reviews, demonstrations, discussions, and photographing as a group in the field, you’ll learn how to better appreciate the wonder in the natural landscape all around you, and to learn tips and techniques necessary to capture it in your photographs.

Ranging from sea to mountain to lake and to forest, you’ll get to explore intimate details of the landscape and learn how to capture natural processes such as tides and winds. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the night sky (even experimenting with hooking your camera to a telescope) to explore the cosmos and, on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll be able to capture smaller aspects of nature with macro lenses and a microscope.

Discovery and experimentation are at the heart of this workshop.  You’ll find joy in discovering the Maine landscape in new and creatively exciting ways.

Participants may work in any medium and in color or black & white.

The Craft and Art of the Fine Digital Print, April 8th-12th and September 8th-14th, 2019, Maine Media Workshops

In this course, students will learn a workflow for creating fine digital prints. The workflow includes digital capture, establishing an artistic intent, digital processing in Adobe Photoshop and/or Lightroom, printing on an inkjet printer, and handling the finished print. Digital processing and printing topics include maximizing image quality at capture, color management, sharpening and noise reduction, black & white printing, proofing, matching screen and print, and making local and global edits to color and tonality.

Throughout the course, we will work through images as a class by making a print, evaluating the print, making modifications, and ultimately producing a final print.

We also discuss the qualities and characteristics of a fine print, the many options for inks and papers available to today’s printers, and how best to produce a print to realize an artistic vision, including choosing the best paper for a particular project.

Students will also have ample opportunity to shoot in the field and to apply all of the techniques learned on their own images.