Wednesday, February 20, 2008
If you're in the northeast, run outside right now and see if you can catch the lunar eclipse. It is spectacular, and a few minutes from total as I write this (9:25 pm).
Here in FOCit is so danged cold it is hard to stay out very long, and the air is so full of ice crystals that Saturn and Regulus look mor like comets that stars or planets.
But it is dramatic and wworth doing.
[Fly Over Country -- the Flatlands]
A challanging photo assignment. First I had to figure out where the tripod went (my 6 year-old had involved it in a project). then I had to remember how to operate the remote control shutter release. Still, there was too much camera shake (fl 200/2.8-4) as exposures had to be 10-15 seconds. I'll have a look at them all later.
I watched it from first bite to total, some of it through a skylight, much of it out in the yard with bourbon and cigar in hand. I even roused my comatose 7 year old twice to get up and look out the window at the spectacle. This morning he has absolutely no recollection of it.