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Jun162011

Lunar Eclipse

It's interesting, it's special and when you see it as it happens, it's amazing!  My father quite rightly reminded me that every day's sunrise and sunset are just as amazing... We just got used to them.  We see this less frequently so somehow we give it more importance.  I heard about the lunar eclipse about ten days ago and was pleased to see that I would be in town.  I would have access to a real camera and a tripod!

I made sure I was free at the time, which was easy for 9pm.  Our house is in a new town with the infrastructure and roads still under construction.  Until yesterday, we had no street lights.  They switched them on just under an hour before the eclipse! What are the odds? To top it up, last night was very windy and very dusty.   In short: Not ideal conditions for photographing the moon.  

Yet somehow it all came together nicely just before the eclipse.  The dust settled (a bit) and I found a spot on our roof that blocked out most of the unwanted light.  It was still windy and my lens was fully extended, so I took a few shots of each stage just in case.  

Where were you during the eclipse yesterday?

Website: NASA Eclipse

Reader Comments (5)

Beautiful pics!!! Unfortunately I was sick with fever

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

looks lovely and 'humbling'; and it was a very special occasion too. We watched it all together with husband pumped up and clicking away blissfully! The whole thing had an effect of being a part of something Universal!! Glad we did get to see it, and strange we hardly pay attention to our celestial neighbours otherwise!

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Beautiful shots! I wish I was able to see it!

June 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

Wow thats some awesome details! I braved the wind and dust and took a series of shots which I later combined into a single frame. Did you take these with your Sigma 500mm?

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Yes :)
Will look up your image shortly.

July 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterBuYousef

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