Last Sunday night the crescent moon and Venus were in dramatic sync.
I was trying to be in that beautiful time, so I didn’t fire up my computer to learn how to use the timer setting on my new camera so I could take a picture without camera shake. “No problem,” I naively thought; I would look up the directions and have a second go at a really clear shot on Monday.
The shot is pretty clear, you can see the star and, if you look closely, a small trail of starlight on the water…but the alignment was gone. The moon and star march to different drummers. Time had moved on.
Tonight’s crescent was okay and I thought it would be seasonal to catch it with some clouds, but, typical of Seattle, the clouds decided to reduce the moon to nothing. So I thought about how I took a few pictures of the full moon last summer in order to test out camera settings for during the eclipse (totality is supposed to approximate the amount of light cast by the full moon). Then I realized that my pictures from the eclipse are of the moon, in a way. So here is the moon as negative space (a shadow on the sun).
With this post I am testing technology that wasn’t available when we humans
last flew to the moon.
I am sending an email that will, if all goes well, create both a post on my blog and on my facebook page, usually unconnected.