Nearly Full Moon

Although I’ve read a few books about photography, I’ve learned much more through trial and error. With this photograph I learned that, at least with my camera, you can capture a much better picture of the moon at dusk or dawn than you can when the sky is completely dark. In total darkness, my camera struggles with focus and exposure even when using spot-metering and single-point focus. This picture was taken while the sky was still quite purple, but the exposure settings have blackened it.