Santa Barbara photo of the week by Bill Heller, click to enlarge.
Like I mentioned last week, every season has it’s own feel. But the passing seasons are not the only thing I watch for different photo opportunities. The phases of the moon add some magical qualities to our already beautiful local landscapes. A full moon like this has perfect timing with the fading sunset to light a scene like the bluff at Butterfly Beach in a way that changes the mood entirely. A couple weeks later and about 12 stops darker the Milky Way will be the star of the show. Between the two extremes are all manner of wonderful opportunities to explore from lighting scenes only by the light of the moon, to amazing crescents setting just after sunset.