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.

12 replies
  1. Rick Louie
    Rick Louie says:

    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.

  2. Heath O'Fee
    Heath O'Fee says:

    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 🙂

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