Wednesday, February 20, 2008

T-o-n-i-g-h-t's T-o-t-a-l E-c-l-i-p-s-e

T-o-n-i-g-h-t's  T-o-t-a-l  E-c-l-i-p-s-e

Peter Patau Photo

The stuttering is from my frozen fingers. it's about 5 below now, about an hour after I took the photo. Fumbling around in the dark with bare fingers on tripod, exposed metal and camera controls just about did me in. It was sort of silly anyhow. I only had an 80-200 zoom, not long enough to do a really detailed closeup of the Moon. Rather than do something half-assed at the long end of the range, I zoomed back to 80mm and went for an impressionistic image of the moon in the trees with stars, cranking up the ISO to add a bit of pointillistic noise for atmosphere. I'm not sure it works, but for me it's a visual reminder of a really beautiful moment. After partially defrosting my fingers, T and I went back out in the icy darkness, no longer messing around with hardware, but just looking up at the cold, clear panorama of a magical winter sky with our own eyes.


Wren said...

Beautiful photo, Guy. We had a pretty much uniform cloud cover last night and couldn't see the moon, so seeing your picture was a treat. Thanks for risking your fingertips for us!

Dr Diablo said...

MadGuy, I look forward to the Grand Opening of the Letter From Here online store, so that we can purchase poster-size reproductions of some of your evocative photos. I would gladly remit 16.50 + S&H for this one.

You placed yourself at undue risk, though, to capture this minor celestial phenomenon. Better check your pockets to make sure you didn't leave any fingers in there.

What you need, MadGuy, is an Uncle Milton "Moon in my Room. This illuminated moon model mounts on the wall. Using the included wireless remote, you can put the moon through its paces; you can make it assume 12 phases in succession, leave it on its Full Moon setting, or cause it to go into total eclipse whenever you feel like it. I have one on my study wall and I'll tell you what: It's a rush exerting control over a heavenly body.

By the way, I bought a Sony Playstation 3 tonight just to get the Blu-Ray player, which is felt by many to be the best high definition player available. You haven't mentioned your Sony boycott in a while, so I assume you feel we have punished them enough. If it's still in effect, all I can say is I'm very sorry.

ellroon said...

Ooo! Really nice photo, Madison Guy! Like the texture and the colors. Excellent!