Thursday, February 21, 2008

When The Moon Hits Your Eye

Here are some images from last night's lunar eclipse. It began here at approximately 8:30 EST and ended shortly after midnight. These photos were taken from my snow-covered balcony. I wasn't able to get a decent capture of the eclipse in its totality, partly due to the angle at which I had to shoot, but mostly because I don't have a tripod - nor a steady hand.

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18 comments:

the Bag Lady said...

.....like a big pizza pie, that's amore...
Awesome photos, Hil! Much better than the Bag Lady managed with her little camera, although she did get one of the total eclipse...but it's pretty tiny. She'll post it later today.

Frank Baron said...

Fine shots Hil. It's neat watching you expand the boundaries of what you thought your camera was capable of. :)

Reb said...

Lovely photos Hilary! I was only able to watch every so often & I didn't even attempt to take a pic with any of the cameras I have.

Craver Vii said...

No tripod?? Fantastic pictures, Hilary! I like that you followed through afterward. (I didn't.) It will be fun to roam around and see the pictures people took of the lunar eclipse.

Geosomin said...

Wow..those are great!
I tried many times,even with a tripod and have many blurry discs to show for it.
I ended up just plunking down with the binoculars and a mug of tea and resigning myself to no photos.
Yours are wonderful!

Ex-Shammickite said...

Your moon shots are perfect. Mine were awful, but the best I could do with the equipment at hand! But it was soooo coooold out there last night. I hope it's a little warmer for the next total eclipse in Dec 2010.

Hilary said...

• Thanks, Baggie. I love the shot of the moon rising over at your blog. I hope everyone takes a look over there.

• Thank you Frank. It certainly helps to RTFN. ;)

• Thanks, Reb. I'm happy to share mine with you. :)

• Nope, no tripod, Craver - just the railing on my balcony - which became more difficult to rest against as the moon rose higher in the sky. Thanks for your kind words.

• Thank you Geosomin, and welcome. A mug of tea sure would have been a good idea last night.

I'm learning to play with aperture and shutter speed. Next up is a tripod and zoom. :) Thanks for stopping by.

• Thanks, ex-S. I hope it will be warmer then too.. and yes, it sure was cold out there last night.. but fun. :)

Jo said...

Just amazing! Your moon is so yellow, like a harvest moon...ours was silvery and red. And mine looked drunk in the photo. Really incredible shots, Hil. Shutter speed & aperture still sound like jlsdihgk to me...Grasshopper will take babysteps following your lead :)

Hilary said...

Thanks, Grasshopper Jo, but trust me when I say that I have no idea where the pebbles are, nor will I be snatching them anytime soon. This jlsdihgk of which you speak is only mildly comprehendible to me. I'm just happy that I've been able to find those settings and play with them some.

Night shots almost always turn out yellowish for me. The moon really did appear a fair bit rustier than this. Perhaps I should have played with the colour in Photoshop.

Laurie said...

Wow!

Moi said...

phew!!!! that needs a lot of patience and standing-still!!!! Neat!!!! :)

photowannabe said...

For not having a steady hand or tripod I give these shots A+++++. Absolutely terrific.

Hilary said...

• Hi Laurie. Thanks for stopping by. :)

• Moi, and frozen fingers too! Thanks ;)

• Thanks so much, Photowannabe. Much appreciated. :)

g-man said...

Wicked good. I stood outside with no coat on, the wrong lens, and no tripod. Add to that I had a bunch of wine and the results are blurry at best.

awannabe said...

Hmm, it started around (9:35 pm here I think. My daughter was into it. Amazing how you got those shots :-)

Hilary said...

Thanks G-man, as long as you had fun doing it.. and the wine probably ensured that. ;)

Thanks, Awannabe :)

Seemu said...

Awesome! I've had the privilege to watch the lunar eclipse just once.

Hilary said...

Thanks Seemu, they're quite memorable, aren't they? Please stop by again soon. :)