Moon Jazz
Nashville Jazz Workshop - 2007
The Renaissance Center - Using the moon as a light source to create digital images
The initial Moon Jazz images were taken on December 14-16, 2005 at the beginning of the Major Lunar Standstill – an event which occurs in 18 year cycles as the moon approaches and retreats from its maximum declination of 28º 22 north. This December moon was the northernmost winter full moon until December 27, 2023.

The December full moon, occurring close to the winter solstice on December 21, is also called the “Long Night Moon” or the “Full Cold Moon” because it rises at sunset, stays up until dawn and rides high in the night sky (opposite the low winter sun).

The Moon Jazz images were taken with a Nikon D70 using a combination of extended shutter speeds and camera movements, including zoom during exposure. This improvisation with photographic techniques produced one surprising image after another – the true “process of discovery” that is an integral part of the creative process.

Some images combine the moon with non-celestial light sources. There are no photo shop enhancements, although there are different printing treatments.


The December images were taken on the gulf coast at Carrabelle, Florida. The rectangles and the spirals were taken in March at 3:30 AM at my farm in Bon Aqua.
The most recent image was taken in Arequipa, Peru on Easter 2006.

For more information on this celestial phenomenon Google search “Major Lunar Standstill” or see www.earthsky.com, www.fallon.demon.co.uk, & et cetera.


Bo May
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