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Lunar Lament

Published December 20th, 2013

Two years ago I set out, very early in the morning (for me), to photograph a lunar eclipse. I had this fantastic composition in mind. I would shoot from the shore of The Great Salt Lake towards an island where, by my calculations, the moon would appear just above as the eclipse was looking interesting. Using a long lens, and probably a little cropping, I would have a huge moon, mostly eclipsed, right over an island and a large body of water. Classic.

But, things didn't go my way. Just minutes prior to the event, fog rolled in. A huge fog cloud. I had never even anticipated this happening. I had no idea that it could happen here. I had failed at part of my research and planning. The event could not be seen at all, not even as a blur through the fog.

I was crushed, but, I tried to make the best of it. This story refers to three images I made after the failure that ultimately, I think, were more satisfying than another shot of a repetitive and easily visible natural event. Coming home w ...

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