The lunar eclipse in December of 2010 is probably the only one that will occur within my lifetime that also coincides with a solstice. Luckily this one offered a great opportunity to get some pictures.
Next time (or maybe not the very next time, but one of the times) that this happens, I'm going to be ready for it with better equipment so that I can zoom way in and get closer shots of the moon. This turned out well, but there is only so much I can do with my current zoom abilities with things like this.
the brilliance of this, for me, is the positioning...i've never seen the moon put in the corner, so to speak,..... like this....if it was in the centre like most moon pictures.., it'd be less in motion somehow...and the majesty of the redness is eclipsed (no pun intended!) by the massive black space.....you've really captured the awesomeness of planetary life!..
Thanks for the comment. Sorry it took me so long to respond. Life took over and I haven't had much time.
I didn't put it in the corner intentionally. I had the camera on a tripod doing remote shooting (because it was cold and I was inside controlling the remote) and over the course of a few minutes, the moon drifted from the center into the corner. I really liked the placement so I kept it.
Ya, it's ultimate cool....I've thought of your photo often, especially since the "super" moon, and "common" full moons I've witnessed here. I like the idea of how the majesty of the moon is highlighted yet gives "space" its real space, its kingdom, at the same time...
I don't really have anything I need to do now that I'm done with school until spring semester starts, so I went over to a friends and we basically watched and photographed the entire thing. It was really cool, but it took me a while to figure out which settings to use to get a good picture, and it was REALLY cold. I felt like my fingers were going to freeze off.
Lucky, I have normal classes from January to June now. Haha the cold is another reason why I always seem to miss lunar/solar eclipses, meteor showers, etc, Im just too chicken to go out in the cold weather in the middle of the night when I could be in my warm bed sleeping!
My classes start up again in 3 weeks. That gives me quite a bit more time to rest up and take pictures. I'm used to the cold and I really like night photography so I was excited for this and made sure I didn't miss it. Eventually I just set my camera on a tripod and timer and went inside while it took pictures.