Lunar Eclipse 2010

There are a lot of photos floating around cyberspace of the rare total lunar eclipse + winter solstice combo on Tuesday morning. I’m partial to mine. I’m neither amateur nor professional in my photography skills, and have neither a beginner nor a professional (Nikon D3000 DSLR) camera – mine’s a Nikon Coolpix L110 and a Canon Powershot SD750, affording me all the ISO and some RAW settings.

Many people had to climb rooftops or trek to parks to get a clear view. Some battled chilly wind, city lights, and unfortunately cloudy skies. I just walked out of my front door, turned around, looked up, and took in the crisp, clear sky in which constellations (Orion), planets (Venus), and moon (Earth’s, of course) gathered to put on a beautifully spectacular show.

The constellation, Orion, frames the edge of my neighbor's house as the full moon falls under the Earth's shadow overhead.

I took hundreds of photos, many shaky in the onslaught of wind and my own unsteady arms. Until I found a tree to lean on, most of the frames captured an apparently dancing rusty-sunset-colored orb. Here are some highlights from my three hours snapping photos outside my house in Marine Park/Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

For the full set, check out my Flickr page:
Winter Solstice / Lunar Eclipse 2010

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