Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Starry Starry Night

Have you been outside the last couple of nights? If not, you're missing a marvelous spectacle. The moon is in an unusual alignment. When I went looking for information, I found astropixie's blog which explained all. Inspired I decided to try my hand at grabbing some shots. The fun was getting my Olympus 500 to work on Bulb, not to mention working with my newer tripod. What they never tell you in school is that you're going to look like the Keystone Cops meet Abbott and Costello in trying accomplish this. I think I'm going to play behind the scenes more with my camera and supportive equipment.

Once I was set up it became magical. The crickets chirping, the lingering warmth of the day and dry herbal scent of the air. Finally, the process itself. Even without having the lens I needed, too many city lights and other obstacles that I faced; I was enamoured with what I saw through the view finder. There was further enchantment from what came out from the different shots. It was much like when I was a child laying out on a blanket, learning the constellations and watching the night sky wheel slowly by. I dreamed of possibilities. I haven't done much of that in the last few years. It's time to make friends again with the night sky and its inspiration.

Don McLean's Vincent, Starry Starry Night:

1 comment:

Unknown said...

congrats on getting outside at night and capturing a great photo! next week, the moon will line up brilliantly with jupiter!

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