Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

A Partial Eclipse Over Manila Bay

June 25, 2009

“A Partial Eclipse Over Manila Bay”
© Copyright Fermin Naelga, Jr. and Dr. Armando Lee

One of the reasons I really like the Astronomy Picture of the Day is that I get to see stunning photos of extraordinary celestial events such as the photo shown above entitled “A Partial Eclipse Over Manila Bay” by Fermin Naelga, Jr. and Dr. Armando Lee. Click the photo above to see a larger version.

Viewing partial eclipses through photographs seems like one of the best ways to view these experiences because observing partial solar eclipses with naked eyes can result in permanent eye damage and you won’t even know your eyes are damaged until several hours later. More information on viewing solar eclipses safely is here and details on why precautions are needed is here. You can find details on how to photograph solar eclipses at

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.


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Lick Observatory Moonrise

February 24, 2009

“Lick Observatory Moonrise”
© Copyright Rick Baldridge

This stunning photo shown above was taken by Rick Baldridge in October 2008 as the Full Moon rose behind Mount Hamilton, east of San Jose, California. Both the Moon and Lick Observatory, which is perched at the top of the mountain, are lit by the warm color of the sunset.

This photo was featured on one of my favorite websites, the Astronomy Picture of the Day, on December 12, 2008. I don’t know what equipment was used to take this photograph, but the explanation at the Astronomy Picture of the Day refers to the image as a “lovely telescopic view”; it’s a very close-up photo of the Moon and of the Lick Observatory, so it probably was taken with a powerful zoom lens on a DSLR or with a telescope and camera adapter.

I’ve written before about the Astronomy Picture of the Day and if you like this photo, I think you’ll also like the others listed below. Be sure to click the photos to see larger versions.


L.A. Never Looked So Good

December 24, 2008

“A Happy Sky Over Los Angeles”
© Copyright Dave Jurasevich

Los Angeles has nice beaches and a few nice neighborhoods and towns in the area, but otherwise, it’s not a place I get excited about visiting, especially with all of the traffic.

But I really like this photo entitled “A Happy Sky Over Los Angeles” that I saw on the Astronomy Picture of the Day. I’ve written before about a few of their photos that I thought you might like as well, such as “From Moonrise to Sunset“, “Planets Ahoy“, and “Aurora Persei”.

In the photo above, I like the relatively smooth landscape of the valley floor, with the thin haze illuminated by the city lights. The city lights dotted at the bottom are cool too. Note that the composition of the land and sky uses the Rule of Thirds.

I like the openness of the image, which makes it feel like you’re there. The silhouettes of the trees in the lower left and in the upper right help give the photo perspective and depth; they act as a frame for the photo, which we’ve written about before in the Photobird Daily.

Finally, the planets and the Moon in the photo are very secondary, at least for me. They’re attractive yet miniscule — overshadowed by the rest of the image. Perhaps even elegantly so. Highest in the sky is Jupiter with Venus under it, and of course, the crescent Moon. The Astronomy Picture of the Day seems to think the two planets and the Moon make a face, with the two planets as eyes and the crescent Moon as a smile. I really didn’t “see” the face there the first few times I looked at the image, and I think it’s a stretch, but it’s a neat idea.

Whichever way you look at it, I hope you agree that it’s a beautiful photo.


From Moonrise to Sunset

November 26, 2008

“From Moonrise to Sunset”
© Copyright Miguel Claro

One of my favorite websites is the Astronomy Picture of the Day. Most of their photos are “out of this world”, but they occasionally show some “down to earth” photos for people who aren’t interested in “seeing stars”. I’ve written about the website before in the Photobird Daily, in “Planets Ahoy!” and an article entitled “Astronomy Picture of the Day“.

The photo shown above entitled “From Moonrise to Sunset” by Miguel Claro is very unique in a couple of ways. First, the panoramic photo shows the Full Moon rising in the eastern horizon at the far left while the Sun sets in the same photo at the far right. It’s pretty cool. 17 digital photos are stitched together to follow the horizon in Lisbon, Portugal, taken on November 13, 2008.

The photo shown above is only a very small part of the entire photo. You actually need to click this link to go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day for November 22, 2008 to see the entire panoramic photo. When you get to the website, be sure to read the caption and use the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of your web browser to scroll to the right to see the entire photo.


The World At Night

October 15, 2008

“Madison Moonrise”
© Copyright John Rummel

If you like night photography, now is a good time to start practicing (at least in the northern hemisphere). Here are some articles in the Photobird Daily that focus on shooting at night:

If you’re really passionate about night photography, check out “The World At Night” website at They live, breathe, eat, and sleep night photography. They have over 600 stunning night photos on their website.

They also have an Education page with a four-page article entitled “Capture the Cosmos” which is “A beginner’s guide to sky photography, including tips on how to create TWAN-style images with modest equipment.”

Here’s a list of pages on where you can view photos:

In addition to the photo shown above, “Madison Moonrise” by John Rummel — which is not an edited image, by the way — here are links to a few other photos on that I really liked:

A final note if you’re interested in photography and astronomy: In the description of John Rummel’s photo “Madison Moonrise”, he says “Catching a moon rise in the immediate vicinity of the dome can be calculated with the help of astronomy software, and as a result, I journey there about 3 or 4 times a year to catch the action.” We have an article in the Photobird Daily entitled “Position the Sun Exactly Where You Want It” which will probably also help you position the Moon, and everything else in our galaxy, exactly where you want them.


Rabbit in the Moon

May 27, 2008

“The Real Moon” by John Maher

Check it out! The photos featured in People, Places and Things on the Look at Pictures page on have just been updated.

The new pictures include:

  • Early Madness” by Camil Seisanu, a golden-hued shot of a seagull reaching into the ocean for a salty snack at sunrise. Camil used a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 with a 1/500s f/7.1 exposure at ISO 80 to capture this warm shot.
  • The Real Moon” by John Mayer, featured above. John says he took twenty shots before capturing this one and I say it was well worth the time to get it right. This waxing gibbous moon shows the upper three-quarters of the famed Jade Rabbit or Rabbit in the Moon, which, according to Chinese folklore, is said to be constantly at work pounding a mortar of herbs for the immortals.
  • Raindrop Rose” from David Thompson. Take a gander at this macro-shot of a red rose opening up, ensconced in tiny droplets of water which almost look like platelets of blood.

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