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Lunar eclipse coming soon…

September 27,  Super/Harvest Moon

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Mountain and the moon….

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Last Blast of Bright Before Night

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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.


Never had I witnessed…

Simply glorious…how blessed was I.

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Chasing the Sunset………..

I had planned on chasing the Moonrise. For several days the moon has risen in full faced, spectacular form. Today, I thought, I will have my tripod, the right lens, the planning to be in place in advance rather than snapping some quick shots from home. I was ready, but all day the clouds and rolling thunder backed up over the city and toward the Cascades to the East.

As the time approached, I ventured out and noticed that dark grey/black band of clouds extending back  toward town from the mountains. Not even a break in those clouds suggested an opportunity at possibly finding the Moon. I decided to head back West toward town and there on the horizon was a hint at a silver lining. Well what the hell, I might as well pull over and grab that. Maybe a post about the silver lining and hope amidst darker times. Why not?

The initial shot was nice enough.

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The Sun came into view, the few rays pushing downward through the cloud cover. The intense sunlight made the clouds glow and their layers of texture show. Onward the Earth rotated away from the Sun and the scene changed by the seconds.

sunset-clouds-SwittersB-photographyIt wasn’t the full Moon rising in the East. I wasn’t positioned to capture, maybe for once, the craters on the Moon’s surface. Instead, I enjoyed the Sun setting through the dark clouds and the silver lining of the clouds bathed in that intense sun light. 


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