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December 21 Lunar Eclipse [Dec. 21st, 2010|02:52 pm]
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 Both the clouds and a cat...OK, and fatigue...interfered with photographing the whole sequences, but I did have some success.   First, meet Cleopatra Cat, whose "contributions" to the images will be noted later.


Surely such a sweet, gentle, placid cat could not possibly interfere with someone lying on their back with a camera pointed straight up...could she?   Well, here's another view of her, checking out an acorn:

Notice the intensity of her interest.   Imagine her interest in a nice warm person on the driveway at a time of night when usually no one's outside.  



The first shot is of the full moon before clouds moved in.   It's overexposed.  All photos taken with a Nikon D80, most with a Tamron 28-300 zoom at 300mm, while lying on my back in the big field.  Did not use flash (hence overexposure and blur due to hand motion.  The second is with no zoom, to show the veil of high thin cloud moving in--from the same spot.  Third is from the same spot with shadow that was part-cloud, and perhaps outer shadow.  Clouds were visibly moving in at this point.  Fourth was taken from the driveway of our house, with a pillow for neck support, and using the flash for faster shutter speed.  All subsequent images were taken from that location.   And it was there that Cleopatra, intrigued and delighted with a person on the pavement, decided to investigate.  She wanted to be petted.  She butted my arm (yes, that shakes the camera the arm is holding.)   She climbed up on me and walked up and down for awhile, standing tall to try to look into the lens hood.   Finally she lay down, picking a tender area in which to insert her claws, and licking my fingers (holding the camera) with her rough tongue.  This, too, can make a camera wiggle.


The first lower, fast-moving clouds that streamed in from the south brought even moister air, but at first were scattered enough to give me a clear view of the moon...but then they thickened, even as the eclipse also reduced the light.

  This was the last clear shot I got, trying for gaps in the clouds, but they came faster and thicker.


After these two, with the clouds offering no clear sky (just slightly thinner clouds) between the long lines of thick ones, I gave up and went back inside.   By time time Cleo's fur felt damp, as did my clothes, and I worried about the camera.

Cleo's best contribution (that is, the one you can still tell is a moon in eclipse) is this one:



[User Picture]From: ceosanna
2010-12-21 09:37 pm (UTC)
She's adorable when she's intent on something! (At least from an outsider's point of view.)

You took some great moon shots, by the way. Thank you for sharing them!
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[User Picture]From: gloriaoliver
2010-12-21 10:20 pm (UTC)
Nice shots! And the kitty is adorable. They're EVIL that way. :P
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[User Picture]From: groblek
2010-12-21 10:21 pm (UTC)
Nice shots - thanks for sharing them with us! It was too cloudy out here to see anything, unfortunately for me.
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[User Picture]From: tuftears
2010-12-21 10:47 pm (UTC)
Could have been worse, the cat could have jumped on the camera and given you the 'full moon' shot! Cute kitteh. ^_^

And those are some very nice eclipse pictures!
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[User Picture]From: melissajm
2010-12-21 11:07 pm (UTC)
Great pictures, and adorable kitty!
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[User Picture]From: delicious_irony
2010-12-22 02:40 am (UTC)
Oh, she's such a cute kitty! I'm sure that intrusive as she may have been, she must have kept you at least a little warmer.

When my kitty lies on me, her purring gets louder and I swear it shakes the bed a little. :)
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[User Picture]From: silveraspen
2010-12-22 04:07 am (UTC)
These are fabulous pictures, cloud and cat challenges aside. Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: gotica
2010-12-22 02:33 pm (UTC)
Thanky! Being on the rear end of the world, I missed this. I would love to have seen it here though.

Your Cleopatra Cat looks almost identical to my Kitteh, even down to the coffee coloured belly fluff.

I like the /e_moon60/pic/000pwbq1/ pic the best ^_^
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From: zackthedog
2010-12-23 01:19 am (UTC)


From Tucker: Woof! (I can disrupt cameras, too!)
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2010-12-23 03:39 am (UTC)
What a gorgeous kitty. Sweet shots of the moon, too. It was so bright and fantastic that night. :]
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2010-12-27 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your pictures.I set my alarm and went out to look at the eclipse, but all I saw was a thick layer of clouds, so I went back to bed in an attempt to get a little more sleep before having to get up to do a bird count.

As for Cleopatra, why in the world would you want to be looking at the moon or take pictures when you could be paying attention to a cat? Obviously, you need to get your priorities straight. :-)
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