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05 Oct 15. Well, here we are back on line this time to stay, I hope. The rebuild went cleanly and I was able to do it in one day while simultaneously moving approx 40 yards of dirt to our property in preparation for some much needed landscaping to transform us from the Beverley Hillbilly look to something at least moderately acceptable! A week ago was the highly overrated blood moon full eclipse. As I mentioned last week we got on location early enough that you couldn't even see the moon, and it certainly wasn't this big sphere is was touted to be by everyone who felt the need to write about it. Just the same, it was nice to watch once the afterglow of sunset had sufficiently receded to let us actually see the moon. All the photos I got that had any foreground to them had a moon that was so pale as to almost be invisible, so I've taken a shot of the moon later in its orbit and placed it in a shot that still showed a bit of foreground, so it isn't an actual capture but a composite of two frames. I also enlarged the moon to the proportions the "science" writers said it should be, so had you been with me you wouldn't have seen it quite this big in person.That said, it looked even bigger than this the next Tuesday, two days later, when I also photographed it. I've cropped a big proportion of this file off the top as well as some on the right which, had I left it in, would have made the moon appear smaller but I thought you might appreciate it in this larger presentation.
I took the initial image showing the land and lights and a LOT of sky with a barely visible moon, layered a second shot of the colored moon on top, removed the the background from this moon layer, and then positioned the red moon directly over the moon in the background layer. Then I adjusted the colors to match the background layer and scaled the colored moon to fit the perspective of the background layer. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Manual; ISO 200; 2 sec @ f /8 on a tripod.