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Moonset, Dublin | by John Coveney Photos
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Moonset, Dublin

Best viewed large (L). I’ve got a few nice images of Dublin from Dalkey & Killiney Hills such as Dublin Bay at Dusk last May and Spires 'n' Stacks 'n' Snow last month, so I tried Dalkey Hill this morning to see what the near full moon in the clear northwestern skies would produce. I think this one made it worthwhile battling through the dark and icy wastes of south Co. Dublin :-). The bright light on the horizon a little to the right of the Moon is the Spire of Dublin at a distance of about 13km, with the darkness of the Phoenix Park behind it. The dark unlit bulk of the Aviva Stadium is little further to the right while the Dublin Wheel is near the edge.

 

This was taken at 07.40 about 10 minutes before moonset with a Canon 100-400mm lens, mounted on a Manfrotto 055CX3 tripod. The exposure settings were 250mm, f16, and ISO 400 for 25 seconds. Edits in Lightroom involved tweaks to exposure, blacks and vibrance as well as noise reduction and sharpening. The image is uncropped. The title was inspired by Moonrise, Hernandez .

 

Don’t forget, there’s a total lunar eclipse at dawn tomorrow and that clear skies are forecast over Dublin. The last time the winter solstice and a lunar eclipse coincided was in 1638!

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Taken on December 20, 2010