Travel theme : Light

Earlier this week, there was a penumbral eclipse of the Moon. The general consensus seems to be that these are difficult to see. Nevertheless, there were hundreds of people out on Thursday night to get a glimpse of the moon. I too was amongst them, camera in hand. The “eclipse” made a brief appearance and consistent with the general consensus, was difficult to see. I took the opportunity to shoot some City lights as well. I tried tweaking the lens during the exposure and ended up with some interesting results. These are my images in response to Ailsa’s “light” prompt for the travel theme on
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Weekly Photo Challenge : Unfocused

Last night was the “supermoon” – the biggest and brightest full moon of the year – with the moon passing closer to earth than usual, something like 24 140km closer than usual…..and like many other lunar-tics ūüôā I was out there to check it out. I’m not sure if you actually notice the difference, when its up in the sky, perhaps you do when it emerges from the horizon.

I was out on Lions Head, a hill alongside Table Mountain, overlooking the City, trying to get a few shots. It was a bit cloudy on the horizon so the supermoon only revealed itself once it was above that. Quite amazing with the City as a backdrop. I¬†stubmbled upon the remains of a tree, burnt in a recent¬†fire and used it to add some foreground to my shots. Amongst the various attempts at¬†shooting from this position I ended up with a few that were “unfocused” or I guess it would be more appropraite to say “unfocused” in some areas. I think the “unfocusness” adds¬†another dimension to the image, though I’m aware that is a very subjective thing :-). Nevertheless, the last image in the series is one of the others that does not eaxctly fit the “unfocused” label, though is one that will give you an idea of the burnt tree I am talking about…………..

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Now you see it … you don’t……

I¬†suppose those that read my “on the flip side” blog of yesterday will probably be able to relate to the context of this blog more easily. So if you find your self going .”what in heavens name is he talking about???”¬†it might be a good idea to glance at yesterdays post too. So, I guess the anti climax of not being able to see the lunar eclipse after all the prepararation, hadn’t worn off. Well, what can I say?¬†all that anticipation had to go somewhere, after all that is what perseverence is all about. Well, I’m just not someone who will just give up and walk away¬†dejected. So, I figured, despite the fact that¬†I’m¬†very efficient at planning ahead¬†and ensuring that all the ducks are in a row well in advance,¬†I am probably even more efficient at being spontaneous!! Hah! the light bulb moment!! ūüôā Why not try and catch the sunrise this morning instead. Now, normally, with¬†the day job, this wouldn’t be possible, but as it turned out, today happens to be Public Holiday here. Brought about by really tragic circumstances, with the Soweto uprising in 1976.¬†A truly sad moment in our history. June 16 is Youth Day. Below is an extract from Wikipedia with more detail.

The¬†Soweto Uprising¬†also known as “June 16”, was a series of student-led protests in South Africa that began on the morning of June 16, 1976. Students from numerous Sowetan schools began to protest in the streets of Soweto, in response to the introduction of¬†Afrikaans as the medium of instruction in local schools . An estimated 20 000 students took part in the protests, and roughly 176 people were killed. The 16th of June is now a public holiday, Youth Day, in South Africa, in remembrance of the events in 1976.

Considering it is winter here at the moment, sunrise is only at 07.45, so no necessity to wake up at an unreasonably early hour. No problem with equipment, everything had been prepared for last night, so literally I was ready to leave at the drop of a hat.¬†The Alarm tweeted its gentle¬†reminder at 06.30, and I was on the road to where I was expecting to shoot from, within¬†20 minutes. Plenty of time to set up before the sun made an appearance. The sky was a bit cloudy, but hey! nothing to unsettle a determined soul :-). Oops! spoke to soon did I. Shortly before I got to the place the weather decided to¬†assert its authority once again!! The heavens opened up and it rained cats, dogs, monkeys and rats :-).¬†But, I figured it must be a passing shower, which would dissipate soon. No such luck. Undeterred,¬†I kept looking up at the sky longingly, while still heading in the direction of my destination. And in another Abracadabra moment I caught a glimpse of it. What? I can imagine you’re thinking!! Well, believe it or not, it was the moon, yes, the evasive one from last night,¬†busy revealing itself while setting in the west. Did you guess that?? ¬†Well, I did tell you I was¬†spontaneous, so the¬†route was changed on the fly, as the target had just been revised. No sunrise visible, why not just go and shoot the moonset instead. No problem. ¬†That brings us to the topic of todays blog “Now you see it…now you don’t“.

I headed in the direction of the setting moon, and found a vantage point shortly before it disappeared into low cloud cover. Finally managed to get some pictures of the moon, all the preparation was not in vain, and the perseverence paid off. Okkk!! twelve hours later, no eclipse, not rising but setting, heyy!! come on, cut me some slack :-), thats a technicality, if you forget about the eclipse, look at it this way, “what goes up, must come down”…its the primary law of gravity……..the¬† journey continues……………..

So here’s a one time¬†exclusive view of the moon, twelve hours after the lunar eclipse of June 2011. Remember the next time you wiill be able to see this view¬†12 hours after¬†a lunar eclipe will be in 2018 :-)-:)

Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/80 sec,FL=200mm

Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F4.5, 1/60 sec, FL=35mm

Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F7.1, 1/60 sec,FL=40mm

Canon 7d, Canon 18-200mm lens f3.5/5.6, ISO 100, F5.6, 1/80 sec,FL=200mm