2010 Lunar Eclipse
Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFS 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at 300mm f/5.6 | 1/20 second ISO6400
Last night, winter began with a complete lunar eclipse. Problem was that here in San Francisco it’s been raining very heavily. Unfortunately, for almost the entire duration of the eclipse, the moon was hidden behind layers of heavy rain clouds.
For some reason I wasn’t even aware there was supposed to be an eclipse until right before it started. Got a text from someone in the family about it late last night, took the camera out of the bag and sat in the backyard for a while to see if the clouds would ever break. They did, but only once, and for about 10 seconds or so. As the moon entered the earth’s shadow and began to turn a beautiful, copper-red color, I had barely enough time to fire off a single frame before the moon disappeared again behind the clouds. Wishing I had more time, wishing I could get closer…agh, photography.
I waited and waited for it to appear again, but was only rewarded with falling water from the sky. Until that point, my dog was waiting right next to me in the yard, but as soon as the rain started falling, she quickly took cover. She’s not insane like I am =)