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Shooting the moon

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Canon MKIII, 300 mm 2.8 lens with 1.4 teleconverter (420mm equivalent). ISO 400, 3 second exposure f/6.3.

I new the lunar eclipse was happening Wednesday night, but really hadn’t given it much thought since weather reports were calling for clouds. Plus, I had a game to shoot in Richmond which would take most of my evening.

On the way to the EKU/Morehead game, though, I watched one of the more beautiful full moon rises I’ve seen recently. The skies were mostly clear as I drove down I-75 to Richmond. But the eclipse wasn’t due to start until I would be in the middle of the game. Since these things last a while, I figured I’d have a shot at it after the game.

Apparently the editors at the Herald-Leader figured I’d have a shot at it too. They called me during the game and told me to try to get something of the moon after the game. As I left the game, the moon was just about to enter into total eclipse – when the full moon passes into Earth’s shadow and is blocked form the sun’s rays that normally illuminate it.

A picture of the moon on it’s own can be quite nice, but generally we look for something else to give the photo another element. A good example of this is a nice moon-setting photo by Charles Bertram in Bourbon County in 2005.

Driving back from Richmond I saw the steeple from the White Hall Holiness Church from the interstate and was able to get to the church parking lot and check it out. Just at the time I was set up to shoot, and just as the moon had become enshrouded in Earth’s shadow, some cloud cover moved in. I had to wait about 45 minutes for the clouds to part again, and by this time it was getting past 10 p.m. and I was really pushing the limits of my deadline.

But it worked out, as you can see above, and by the time I got home, it was cloudy enough that I couldn’t see the moon anymore. And it’s too bad we won’t get another shot at seeing a total lunar eclipse until 2010.

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5 Responses to “Shooting the moon”
  1. lkm says:

    nice, nice image, David!

  2. Allan says:

    Wonderful shot.

    I was glad the clouds cleared out. I managed to get a couple of decent shots, one before the eclipse, and one just after totality ended.

    It was tough staying out there in the cold, though. I hope the next one happens during a warmer month.

  3. KB says:

    Great shot David.

    I’m glad they posted the color version online. Here in Danville, in this morning’s paper, it was a black and white photo. This version really shows the lunar eclipse much better and how the color of the moon and the color of the cross go together so well.

  4. Rebecca says:

    The picture of the moon was beautiful!!!!! I’ll have to show Reagan the picture, because she is completely fascinated with the moon. Keep up the incredible work!!!!

  5. Beautiful composition and color you captured. I enjoyed your blog entry. The color version of this photo is spectacular!

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