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Sun, Moon and Stars

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Daytime waning crescent moon

While full moon’s are beautiful and get the most attention, the light tends to be so bright and direct that it hides the details of our natural satellite. During the other phases though, the light isn’t as direct and helps to really make features pop. In this image, taken yesterday morning not long after sunrise, you get a really nice feel for the ‘texture’ of the moon and can see the details of the craters much better.

A waning crescent moon is seen in the daytime skies over Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A waning crescent moon is seen in the daytime skies over Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Blood moon and stars

One more from yesterday morning’s lunar eclipse. As I mentioned in the posting last night, I kind of struggled with my zoomed in pics of the celestial event. Clearly my manual focusing was less than spot on and there seemed to be a bit of movement.

This capture didn’t come out too horrible and I do like the hint of blue in the sky caused by the rising sun in the opposite direction.

View my complete set of captures of the celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse at totality with a few stars showing. (© Tony’s Takes)

The super blue blood moon over Colorado’s Rocky Mountains

I took a couple hours off of work today so I could come in late to capture the lunar eclipse. For two hours I froze my you-know-what-off to capture the event from Barr Lake State Park, Colorado State Parks.

Unfortunately I am less than happy with my zoomed in pics of the event. I suspect I did a poor job manually focusing.

However, as things came to an end, I took a wider view of the scene capturing this one. Below, the frozen lake and lights from the Front Range with those snow-capped mountains behind. Above, a wave cloud and of course that blood moon.

View all my images from this celestial event below the image.

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado's Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

The January 2018 total lunar eclipse is seen above Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. (© Tony’s Takes)

Looking back: December 10, 2011 total lunar eclipse

This coming Wednesday we will get to witness a bit of a trifecta of lunar events – a super moon, a blue moon and a blood moon. Of course the big part of that is the latter, the total lunar eclipse that will take place. Not long before sunrise, the full moon will be setting in the west and at 6:29am MST be totally eclipsed. Soon after it will disappear over the horizon.

The event will be similar to the one pictured here just over six years ago. Back then I was just re-dipping my toes into photography after being largely absent for a number of years and my gear and skills lacked where I am at / what I have today. If I can make it work with my schedule, I am going to give the 2018 version of the event a try.

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado's Barr Lake State Park.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A view of the December 2011 total lunar eclipse as seen from Colorado’s Barr Lake State Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

Video slideshow: Photo event of the year – the Great American Eclipse

The last of my annual recap slideshows with what I consider to be my photo event of the year.

My brother and I made plans to be in the path of totality three years ago. In the month or so leading up to it, I read and practiced as much as I could about how best to photograph this once-in-a-lifetime event.

With totality only last two minutes or so, I couldn’t afford to screw up! 😉 Thankfully, all that preparation paid off and I captured some great pics (IMHO) of this celestial event from start to finish.

I don’t know what the new year will hold for photographic opportunities but I don’t expect it will be able to top this. Happy New Year, everyone!

Moon creates the ultimate starburst effect

I’ve been working on my end of the year photo slideshows and in doing so have found some pretty cool pics I have never shared. This is one of them, dating back to August 21 during the total solar eclipse.

I had two cameras going at the time, the primary one was zoomed in on the big event and you probably have seen those images (if not, see here). The other camera I handheld and just grabbed some random shots during the celestial event.

This was taken just as totality was ending and the sun was emerging from behind the moon. You get a nice look at the corona and a very cool starburst effect.

If you want to memorialize this extraordinary event, I have prints available of my eclipse pictures in a wide variety of sizes and formats. Just let me know what you are looking for.

The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during the 2017 total solar eclipse.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The sun begins to emerge from behind the moon during the 2017 total solar eclipse. (© Tony’s Takes)

Announcing the Tony’s Takes 2017 photo book

Cuddly creatures? Ferocious raptors? Wildlife with big horns and antlers? Gorgeous sunrises on the Great Plains? Snow-covered mountains? The solar eclipse? Got them all in my 2017 photo book! I received my proof, fixed a couple things, and it is now ready for ordering. Best of all, I am using a different supplier which has allowed me to increase the page count by 50% while dropping the price a good chunk. Check them out and get yours on order ASAP if you want it before Christmas.

Coming soon: The Tony’s Takes 2017 photo book

I have just ordered my proof copy and should have it in a week. Once I do and have verified it meets my standards and looks good, I will make it available for ordering. It will be tight but I should be able to get it to you before Christmas.

From the Great American Eclipse to breathtaking landscapes and wildlife to raptors, it is all in there – 36 pages worth. I am trying a new vendor that, while my options for layouts were more limited, the cost is significantly less than last year’s book. I heard from some that the bucks prevented them from ordering them so I am hoping this will help get the book in more folks’ hands.

Keep an eye out and be ready once I make it available!

The setting moon at sunrise

The setting moon at sunrise. A very pretty scene this past Saturday. As the sun rose in the east and cast its warming rays on the landscape, to the west, everything was aglow and a setting near-full moon dotted those beautiful blue skies. Taken at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

As the sunrise illuminates the landscape, the full moon sets in the west. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall colors and the daytime crescent moon

At the end of my photo drive this past Sunday, I swung through St. Vrain State Park, Colorado. There was one particular spot that had a number of birch trees absolutely with absolutely gorgeous fall foliage. I hopped out and shot those trees from just about every angle possible with my wide angle lens. At one point, I glanced up and see the somewhat faint crescent moon through the canopy of leaves. It looked awesome against that deep blue Colorado sky so I went back to my truck and grabbed my other camera with my big zoom lens and returned to capture a bunch of images of our only natural satellite and the leaves.

Fall foliage and the daytime crescent moon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

Fall foliage and the daytime crescent moon in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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