Honestly, I really hadn’t even decided to roll out this morning to even attempt to get a shot of the Super Blue Blood Moon because I knew it would be low on the horizon, and I frankly don’t like getting up before daylight, much less in the freezing cold without so much as a cup of coffee. Not that I don’t have coffee. But having coffee before going outside would mean getting up that much earlier.
But of course, I had to roll over and do it anyway. Once I got outside, I wasn’t as disappointed in the position of the moon as I thought I might be. It was still relatively high up in the air as the eclipse began. At first I attempted to get a shot through some tree limbs, and one or two of those is ok, but not with much of the “blood moon” effect. It was still too early. As the moon continued to sink down onto the horizon, I moved to a different vantage, and about half-way into the eclipse found the angle above for a nicely whimsical shot. I wasn’t able to get any full eclipse shots because the moon was just too far down into the horizon. Daylight was coming up pretty quickly by then, and I wonder if any folks around here, with a better posture, were able to get a good shot before the sunlight washed it out completely.
The shot here is remarkably unedited. As such things go, most more typical shots actually get more adjustments in the photo-shop than this one has. Which is too say, that while the street sign almost appears to be superimposed in some way, it is not. Obviously, I brilliantly determined to use a flash, and due to their reflectivity, street signs have a way of popping out like that. If I offer myself some constructive critism, it is that the sign does tend to upstage the moon just a bit. Still, it’s kind of a fun shot of such a rare event.
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