Archive for October 8th, 2014

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Oct
14

Stick figures dancing….

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08
Oct
14

Last Caress…..

“There is a time sometime, and a place where in the perfect stillness of the evening within the sunset serenity we unite in the glow… Blissful paradise divinity, brilliancy glassy deepness, shallowness slow and smooth… We forever are eternal wholeness only intimacy between us…”

Oksana Rus

The Indian Summer (I am not using it in the total correct sense of its origin) has extended out the last bursts of beauty in our garden. Only a very few rose buds remain. Below are the last blooms I expect to see this month. Another front is approaching in off the Pacific and I think it will be strong enough to bow the heads of any more such beautiful blooms. It was a glorious Summer of flowers, especially the roses. I will put them to bed with pleasant thoughts of next Spring. I have enjoyed their beauty as I have also enjoyed the beautiful flowers shared by so many of you.

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08
Oct
14

Blood Moon Blunder

Browsing the net last night, I noticed a piece about the Blood Moon, which was to occur in the wee hours of the next morning. Hmmm? Was I prepared to get up at 2:00 am for this two hour event? But the moon would turn red! An eclipse. A rare event. So, I did some prep, in advance: tripod, lens, settings (for normal lunar shots), set my alarm for 0145 hrs. and dozed off. 

It came quickly, the alarm, and the anticipation. I got up. I even got my wife to join me, bundled up on a lawn chair to take in the view. 

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It started off well enough. Normal moon shots. I was using my 75-300 lens. Just adequate, but does alright. I snapped away and then something happened with the lens. Not sure what yet, but a malfunction in the midst of a holy Blood Moon for crying out loud! I swapped lens to an 18-200 lens. Less adequate, but my tried and true lens I use most often.

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The moon was changing and there was, indeed, a subtle red-pinkish glow to the moon. I continued to shoot. BUT as the moon grew darker…I never changed my settings to allow for the drastic decrease in light. I started with ISO 100, f 11, 1/200 settings.

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To my eye, I thought the camera was displaying what I was seeing. But, eventually, I realized I was losing the most important part of the whole show: the blood red tone to the eclipsed moon! Live and learn. There will be two more chances (next April and again in September) to get it right. Then not for 20 more years.




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