This photo of the Moon, as it is beginning the waning crescent phase, was taken in the desert of southern California on March 23, 2007 at 8:15 p.m. I was excited to finally get a good shot with the craters visible! Using a tripod, of course, I set the camera on Aperture mode and stopped it down -4.7 stops to get this shot without the "blinkies"! In this phase, the moon looks like a "C". You'll have to get up very early to see the moon in the thin, "fingernail" sliver crescent since it rises shortly before dawn.