Fly me to the moon?

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you probably heard something about this, but maybe not – there was the last total lunar eclipse visible (at least up here) for the next couple of years. Being a bit of a photographer, I decided I’d go out and take some photos at around 8.30.

The temperature was around (and I’m guessing here) 3°F (something like -16°C), so I didn’t have too long before I started to feel the cold come over me. However, the results were, well, lacking. Personally, I blame it on not having a stable footing for the tripod (you try balancing the thing on a step that is at the same height as the snow), and not using the shutter timer, causing some motion blur.

Maybe you wouldn’t want to fly to the moon seen in my camera, but it’s there and I took a shot at taking its picture. 🙂

Anyway, here are a couple of the cleaner shots of the bunch –

Moon shot 1. Don’t ask about the purple haze, please!

2nd Moon Shot - at least there’s no purple haze!

In case you’re wondering, these are 1:1 crops of the original picture. I didn’t see much sense in publishing even more darkness than was already there. 🙂

Now, to redeem myself, here are a couple of shots that I took in July of last year. For those of us up here, you might remember July – that’s the time of the year when it’s warm, and we have all the construction vehicles on our highways, alongside all the folks taking vacations in the area, and not to Florida. 😉

Taken July 3rd or so

No, I don’t know why it’s shaped like an egg! ;)

Last, but not least, a shot of the moon in daytime. This wasn’t quite full moon, but I like the look of the picture 🙂

Daytime Moon

If you want to see some of the best moon photography out there, I have to say that your best bet are looking for photos with planes in them. For example, this shot was taken in London last year, and I know that there are a ton of other awesome moon pictures on Airliners.net and probably also on Jetphotos. That’s what happens when you have top-of-the-line SLR cameras, along with some awesome photographers. 🙂

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