Thursday, February 21, 2008

SkyWatch Friday, Eclipse




Perhaps the Total Lunar Eclipse will be the most frequently posted subject today but I will risk being showed up by those of you who are more accomplished shutter bugs.

With a brisk wind blowing and the thermometer hovering at 18deg F (-8C) I was very pleased to capture this image.

I am extremely pleased to have had this photographic opportunity. It snowed here all day and I felt certain that this event would transpire behind a cover of clouds. Thankfully the skies began to clear at dusk and by 9:00pm this moon was shining brightly in a cloudless sky, perfect for the approaching show!

51 comments:

quintarantino said...

A very powerful nocturnal. And the way you framed the moon gives some nice balance to the photo.

I'm a starter but guess it's a lot of fun the Sky Watch club.

dot said...

Salty you did good! That is a very beautiful moon shot.

Kostas said...

Marvellous your blog.
Very good photograph, most excellent work,

Sandy Carlson said...

YOU are quite accomplished. Hat's off to you for braving the cold to get this wonderful image.

Kahshe Cottager said...

You did much, much better with your shot than I did! It is stunning.

ellen b said...

Oh you got a wonderful shot and how great that you were able to experince the eclipse!

Chad Oneil Myers said...

Very nice, Dad.

Good composition.

Yolanda said...

Wonderful eclipse picture. Love the colors.

DeeMom said...

Your shot is SOooooooooooooooo Good...

photowannabe said...

Congratulations on capturing that shot. My little camera couldn't handle the darkness and street lights so I'm happy to see what others got instead.
That color is amazing.

Andrea said...

I am seeing a lot of these eclipse pictures. Looks like I was the only one who slept through it.

Andrée said...

I don't care how many folks post the eclipse. I love them all. This is magnificent! My Sky Watch is here. Thank you. (My eclipse pic is here.)

Dottie said...

Yours is way better than mine!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Well i think you did spectacular on your shot, I tried to get one and never did a get a single shot, Not till it was all over.

Jean said...

Spectacular. Great moon shot.

The photos of the cattail bloom looked a lot like my dog. He's that same color and sheds much the same way.

Bing said...

First time to see a Lunar eclipse that close! Thanks for sharing...

Sharon said...

What a wonderful shot! We didn't get to see anything, there was a heavy cloud cover. :(

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Mmm... it's done very well. Very clean and crisp. The details on the moon are are perfect. Very nice.
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Picturing of Life said...

Well done. It is beautiful

My first SWF

Juliana RW said...

wow..this photo is so worth. Great shot you have.

My SWF #4

Petunia said...

WoW! Lucky you! I relly wanted to see that, but it was so cloudy. I went to bed again!

TRM said...

Nicely done. i was working thru most of it, and didn't have a chance to photograph it. I really wanted to ost a shot of it today. Good job.

Lana G! said...

WOW! That is just beautiful!

Ida said...

Wonderful photo of the moon and the eclipse! :)
Very good capture!

Berit said...

Perfect!!!

Paulie said...

Well, I missed it because of a nap I didn't wake up in time for it. . . although I did get a partial red moon when it was almost over BUT didn't use it for today's entry. Come see what I did choose.

Garden Angel said...

Love it! Wonderful! Great job!!!

Angie said...

Hi Salty,
That's a great shot! I don't think we got much of a view of the eclipse here in the UK, it was too cloudy.So what's new,lol

Daniel J Santos said...

thats one fantastic moon photo, excellent.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well captured Salty..
I hope to see a few more of these today.
I set my alarm, filled a flask and had all my clothing laid out ready. The tripod had be set up for two nights and I was ready for the show and the chance to capture it.. For the first time in a few weeks we had a thick cloud cover... I was gutted.
I'm so glad that others managed it and are now sharing.

gaz said...

one word... reeeesult!

pts said...

beautiful shot.

Dirty Knees said...

Very nice! I witnessed the eclipse but never even thought to photograph it. Silly me!

Alan said...

Nothing to be ashamed of there - nice shot. Much better than mine: I set up the tripod, snapped a couple of test shots to try to get the settings correct, and then the batteries died! Alas, no more charged so thus ended my first lunar eclipse attempt. The ones that I did get off were all too dark. Oh well. Try again in two years. :)

Anita said...

Very pretty!

I got some really nice shots of the LAST lunar eclipse, but this time we were all clouded over! :(

Kerri said...

Great shot! Happy Friday!

Misty Dawn said...

I started to run outside, but realized that my camera probably would not get much of a photo. So, I stayed warm inside and watched from my window.

You definitely were able to capture a spectacular photo! Congratulations.

daryl e said...

Nice shot!

marcia said...

good composition

Suzi-k said...

well done, very nice shot. I found it difficult as the shadow grew and the light diminished, by that time the moon was almost setting and moving fast. it was a toss up between faster shutter speed and higher iso, giving more grain, or slow shutter speed and the movement of the moon causing blurr! I admire your rugged determination, I can't even IMAGINE -18 degrees!!! We were whining because it was about 18 degrees C!!!

Irene said...

Wow, you got a wonderful shot! I took a few pics as well, but only during the eclipse, not at the end. It was about 10 degrees here! But looking back, I should have braved it for a few minutes to try to get that shot!

Sharon said...

Awesome shot, you did good :)

Nancy said...

What a nice picture.We weren't able to see the eclipse in our area due to overcast skies.Thanks for sharing your view.

byrningbunny said...

I'm very glad for all the moon shots. Our pathetic little camera was not up to the challenge! lol

Your profile reminded me of the days when I began on an old Fujica.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Hi a great MOON eclipse well done!
This is a great skywatch, I love the colours, very neat.

Watch the DUTCH sky on my blog,
Greetings JoAnn from Holland

Eduardo P.L. said...

Marvellous your photographs from the moon.
Have a nice Week end.

RuneE said...

Too much clouds around here - glad you caught it for us!

Real World Mom said...

Beautiful shot!

Meggie said...

I watched it thru an upstairs window...nice and warm. It was a bit too frigid for me...I'm such a sissy! Your photo is fabulous, Salty.

Wolf Lover Girl said...

So glad to see you were able to get some shots. I tried with my dinky camera and was unsuccessful! I highly enjoyed getting to watch it the other night and was glad I got to see as much as I did before the clouds rolled in on me.

~ Wolf Lover Girl

Sand said...

WOW, thats all I can say. I think I am actually drooling a bit over this capture. There were too many clouds here to even see it. Makes me wish I was in PA!