This past solstice (12/21/2010), I found myself standing out in the middle of the desert under almost complete cloud cover in the middle of the night. The clouds stood between me and an eclipsed moon. 70+ minutes worth of eclipse. One of my favorite photographic subjects. So, instead of just going back to bed, I pointed my camera at other things.
Despite the thick cloud cover, the copper glow bathing the world was…. memorable. Very very unreal. Match that with the yellowish glow of the city in the distance (to the left) and you get this shot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime sky. I would have preferred less clouds so that I could have shot the pretty red moon as I’d hoped, but then I wouldn’t have this photo. To say “it was worth missing a few hours sleep” is putting it very lightly.
My camera settings: 10.5mm fisheye lens at f/2.8 for 15 seconds. Daylight white balance, ISO400, manual exposure mode. Tripod mounted low to the ground. Desaturated in Photoshop to get the colors more under control and equivalent to reality.
Happy new year everyone! I hope your 2011 is a sees your intakes full of boost and your hearts full of joy.