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Moon in the Eye | by Kurt Lawson
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Moon in the Eye

The night before the lunar eclipse, I visited the shooting location to see if everything I planned out would work. The night before, the moon follows virtually an identical path through the sky except about one hour earlier. So at 7:45pm I found the full moon right in the place where I expected it to be the following night at the start of total eclipse. Up in the sky it had been cloudy, but the clouds were thin. The clouds were not thick enough to block the full moon, and were actually producing a halo as the light from the moon refracts through the icy crystals that make up the clouds. I was experimenting with different exposures and focal lengths during the short window of time where the moon was in the arch when I decided to stop the lens down and let the moon flare. The combination of wide angle view (24mm), the thin clouds and stars withe the halo, and the flaring moon through the Eye of Alabama arch were striking! In fact at the moment I thought to myself that if the eclipse was clouded out the following night that I would still be happy for having captured this!

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Taken on January 19, 2019