Sometimes you need a lunar eclipse

February 20, 2008 | By | 3 Replies More

Sometimes you need a lunar eclipse to be reminded that we live on an amazing big sphere hurtling through space.   It’s not a wild fantasy story.    

And I guess my eyes are pretty good to see something that is a quarter million miles away. 

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Lunar Eclipse – February 21, 2008 – St. Louis, Missouri

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 The sun is beginning to emerge from Earth’s shadow here, semi-framed by a terrestrial holly tree. 

 [I took the first shot with a Canon S1Is (a 3.2 mega pixel camera with a 10x optical zoom), the second shot with a Canon A700 (a 6 mega pixel camera with a 6x optical zoom).  Both of these are consumer grade cameras.  I used a tripod for both, bracketing the exposures in a variety of ways–I deleted most of the photos I took.  It’s amazing how just a tiny bit of vibration will ruin long exposure zoomed photos.  I ended up using the “timer” (time-delay) setting so my finger wouldn’t shake the cameras].

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Dan Klarmann says:

    Vibration was my main problem when I took these shots with my 2005 Panasonic Lumix at about the same time as you took these.

    I've loved the 2s delay for night shots since I got my first digital camera. I do need a sturdier tripod, and should have turned off the anti-vibration motor in the lens.

  2. Your pictures of the eclipse are also really really nice.

  3. Dan Klarmann says:

    Here are some more really good lunar eclipse photos from <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/photos/popupV2.asp?gtitle=Lunar+Eclipse+from+the+Globe&subID=3559&pubdate=02/20/08&quot; target="_blank" title="Lunar Eclipse from the Globe" rel="nofollow">Seattle Post Intelligencer. (I don't know for how long these will be available).

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