This morning, after a couple hours of sleep (I awoke precisely at 6AM) I discovered this shot of the almost fully eclipsed moon that I took at 11:59 (the moon was fully eclipsed at 12:08) and that I overlooked earlier when I was reviewing the photos in a foggy stupor. Prior to taking this shot, I had exposed for the visible part of the moon and was seeing no color in the shadow of the Earth. After I opened up a couple of stops, the blood began to show but the slower shutter speed blew out the uneclipsed part of the moon. I thought it was a pretty cool looking shot. And, the stars are in better focus in this shot. I think it’s Saturn on the right and the tiny spot might be Mars on the left, or maybe it’s just dust on my computer screen!
I had planned to use my 2x teleconverter attached to the 70-200mm lens for a closer view of the moon, but it was nowhere to be found when I was setting up last night. After panicking and tearing my house apart, packing and unpacking my camera bag at least ten times, it occurred to me that I might have left it in Redding. It was too late to call my brother so I e-mailed him and hoped that’s where it was. And, this morning, he confirmed that, yes, he had it! I was so relieved to find it. I think worrying about it is what woke me up at 6AM. I will have to make a checklist for my camera bag so that I know everything that comes out goes back in!