hello lunar

lunar eclipse

Did you catch the lunar eclipse, or the blood moon, this week?

Here in Australia, we were only treated to a partial eclipse but in a rare appearance, the moon was already in eclipse when it rose. While this was interesting, it made photographing it that little bit harder and the “blood moon” was really only short-lived.

In my part of the world, the moon rose on dusk and there was  still a lot of light in the sky. In fact the moon was already quite high when we first noticed it, it was so camouflaged into the dusk light, as per the image on the far right above.

As darkness fell, the moon took on more of that rosy glow but as the Earth turned, the light started to glint on the edge and gradually the Earth’s shadow moved across to reveal a stunning full moon.

The first couple of photos here, starting on the right as that is how the moon rose for me, were taken at a hill lookout, a little bit out of town, which gave a clear, uninterrupted view away from the city lights.

But after an hour the rest of the family was getting a little restless and so we headed home, which is where I took the rest of the photos, popping out every so often to capture the shadow moving across the moon.

It was by no means an exact science, just a little bit of fun. But for your information:

  • I was shooting with my 5D with a 500mm Sigma lens. It’s a big sucker but it’s one of my favourites to shoot with for it’s great reach.
  • The white moon was much easier to shoot than the red moon, and much sharper. The camera’s setting are quite high as the moon is so bright ~ f6.3, 1/200 while the red moon was about 1/50 with a high ISO as I was trying to counter the stiff breeze that was blowing my camera around.
  • Tripod, absolutely!
  • I then created an eight-column layout and using clipping paths, dropped the images in Photoshop and created ~ a rather inexact ~ the moon’s rising arc.

That’s the image above. It’s by no means perfect but it was a bit of fun and, as always, an interesting lesson.


snapshots // the past week

Snapshots // a lovely week

It’s been a lovely few days and it feels right to document them properly. Savouring them, if you will.

It was the Mr’s and I anniversary ~ there was flowers, awwww, and a lovely dinner out. This restaurant is in an old railway station and is just divine ~ food and decor.

A little perk of the job during the week was tasting some smoked trout by a local master smoker. Delicious.

The beautiful food continued through the weekend ~ with the Mr making a delicious hot smoked salmon and cous cous salad, [recipe in the latest Taste magazine].

The Mr was a on a roll, whipping up a Jamie Oliver version of paella with some added capsicums and fresh tomato.

And then the Mr and I made ourselves a platter or smoked trout and fresh bread for Sunday lunch while the boys were off at friends’ houses.

Lots of farmers market buys popping up on the menu. We’re lucky to have a range of local and lovely producers who attend the markets with their wares.

And we finished the weekend heading down to the river to the community wood-fired oven with our pizzas, getting them cooked and sitting among dozens of others doing a similar thing. An initiative of the council, the oven is open for baking usually every second Sunday and is free!

Documenting some lovely moments that were a little out of the ordinary.

morior … continued

morior VI

morior [latin] ~ to die, wither away, decay

This year I thought I would get back to sharing more of my own photos and I’ve gone back in the archives to start.

Some time ago, way back here, I did a photo series morior.

About the same time as it turned out, [although I was thinking it was only last year, where did that time go?], I took a series of photos for the start of another series along the same lines.

As is the wont of life, it went nowhere, the photos gathering digital dust on my hard drive.

So I thought it was about time I dusted them off and dragged them out.

This one fine October day, the Mr and I took a road trip around the countryside, looking for abandoned buildings and sheds.

A bit of black and white processing for something different and these are the results. I love how they have a little bit of an olde-worldly feel about them.

morior X

morior VIII

morior IX

morior IX

Transit umbra, lux permanet – “Shadow passes, light remains.”


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