The orange moon

Click to view on black, I think it’s got a much better feel to it.

I’m not much of an astral photographer…star trails, the Milky Way…the Moon…none of these are my strong suit at all. I just haven’t felt a strong desire to shoot these kinds of subjects.

And honestly, the moon has been shot a bazillion times…what else can do you do with it?

But despite all of that, I got up early on Saturday morning to check out the lunar eclipse that was going to turn the moon orange. I’ve never seen that before and the next eclipse of this type wont come again until 2014 (so I heard), so I figured why not try to take a few pictures.

It was a negative 2 degrees (Fahrenheit for my Canadian friends) and I think that was the coldest temperature I’ve ever experienced before. That’s what I get living in Arizona.

All I had was my 70-200mm, and I thought the moon might fill the frame a bit more than it did, but this was the result. No cropping…I kind of liked the descending line of trees so I kept it this way. This shot was the best of the bunch. Right after this moment the sky started going brighter and brighter, and as the moon became fully eclipsed, it was too light out to even see much more than an outline.

  • Rick Louie

    Nice capture! It was nice and chilling here as well for the eclipse. It went behind the mountain here in CO before it turned a bright orange and went full eclipse.

  • Heath O’Fee

    Nice work, man! I tried to capture one of those a loooooooooong time ago and didn’t come back with anything usable. Love the inclusion of the trees in the foreground.

    And yeah – that’s about -18 celsius and that’s sufficiently cold! Nice work braving it, I wouldn’t have 🙂

  • Mitch Stein

    Great looking shot Mike !!!

  • Chris Frailey

    Looks better than what I got down here in Phoenix. -2 degrees! Yikes!

  • Brian Furbush

    Pretty sweet shot man – nice work braving that weather!

  • jina

    I can’t believe you didn’t save this for Movie Title Wednesday for one of the Twilight movies. 😉

  • Scott Wood

    Nice shot, I really like the way you framed it with the tree line.

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome! Too much haze/clouds around here unfortunately… Plus I only have an 85 so it would have been a mini-moon 🙂

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Fan-flippin-tastic, Mike, what a great shot my friend!

  • Aaron Levy

    Beautiful shot..thank you.

  • Adam Allegro

    Looks Great. I did some Lunar photography of the eclipse out here in Naples a few months back and was blown away at the beauty it presented. Well done.

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