Thursday, February 21, 2008


Two different looks of last night's eclipse as the Moon regained and reflected Sun's light.


My wife and I didn't know to expect the eclipse last night (somehow missed the heads up at Wine & Woodsmoke). We happened to step outside when the Moon had regained a crescent of light and she said, "Wasn't the Moon nearly full last night?" To then process and realize what was goin' on, rather then be told, was a magic way to experience the phenomenon— As if to feel an exciting moment of self-reliance and relieving independence from the sense dulling bombardment of the Communication Age. To feel a rush of primitive senses that I unintentionally diluted as soon as I started fiddling with camera settings. But then that's always been one of my inner battles... total immersion vs. documentation. With documentation being a form of collecting, and collecting, I think, being a primal urge in and of itself... it's a hard battle to win... probably because there's no need to. Better to think of some inner battles as rallies rather than strict matches, I guess.



warm jet said...

That was awesome.
Super pro shots.
What did ya use?

R.T. said...

thanks. canon eos 10D w/ 105mm lens. shot RAW. converted to highest resolution— which, without having a really long lens, ends up as a fairly close up shot when dropped into a 72ppi photoshop file. gotta choose camera shutter/aperature settings manually to get the shots where there's actually detail in the moon.

Daniel said...

Great shots! I missed it because of cloud cover.

Danimal said...

"total immersion vs. documentation"
I know exactly how you feel. I always grapple with this question when i am whipping out a camera for a shot. But when I get back home and have a little bit more than memories, actual physical documentation, I am always happy.

R.T. said...

thanks daniel! even though you couldn't see it, could you feel it in subtle ways? could've been psychosomatic, or just coincidence, but towards the end of it i felt a hard to describe pulling sensation in my chest that left my chest area feeling a certain lightness with the bottom of my gut feeling slightly sea sick.

anyone else feel any physical effects from the eclipse?

danimal, yep, hard to go wrong, i guess. Either way, it's great to have the hard evidence of an experience, or a lasting, all be it subtley changing, memory of something experienced unhindered and free of gadgets— to be in a moment where you are tied to nothing but the moment itself. funny thing is, ever notice how photos like memories can change in one's perception of them over time as well?

Parallel Universe said...

Kia ora RT!
Nice photos and great comment. It was refreshing to hear your take on seeing battles as rallies rather than hard black/white struggles. A rare insight in these very polarised days.
My own little immersion vs documentation story; Last year Comet McNaught was the big thing down here in the Antipodes, and friends and colleagues showed off brilliant photos. For some reason me and my girlfriend hadn't seen it yet ourselves. One evening I stayed behind at my local spot after a surf, waiting to see it appear in the SW sky, but after two hours nothing had happened. I drifted home hoping for tomorrow and went to bed. For some reason I woke up shortly before midnight and looked out the panorama window and there was this enormous milky swath across the sky - imagine holding a wine bottle upside down at arms length, about that big!
We sipped glasses of grappa and watched in wonder for hours. Took no photos but the moment is bottled forever.
Thanks for a very good blog

R.T. said...

thanks for sharing that experience! love it when random chance plays a part in fulfilling something you're goin' after. almost as if it's your will making it happen disguised/interpreted as chance. cheers.