Well, I’m sure everyone is putting up their take on the lunar eclipse that occurred a few hours ago. This is my first attempt at a multiple image composite showing the process of the eclipse. This sequence began at 5:35 AM EDT and ended at 6:45 AM after the moon became obscured by clouds or haze near the horizon. I used an intervalometer to control the camera sequence, taking one image every 60 seconds. The combination here is a selection of every fourth image. A few taken after the moon disappeared were also included in order to get a little more detail on the Lincoln Memorial and a better blue in the sky. The brightness of the illuminated crescent during the early exposures unfortunately blew out the portions of the moon in shadow. Nevertheless, the entire moon was visible to the naked eye. But if the weather cooperates on September 28, 2015 I’ll have another chance. In the meantime, I have 11 months to play around with this set to see if I can tease out more detail.
The Washington Monument is the iconic structure of the city of Washington DC and I have been photographing it since 1999 when I first got serious about photography. Yet despite the numerous images I’ve made of it in the 15 years since then, I am somewhat embarrassed to say that I never made it to the top during that time. But even though I do have a few excuses—such as an earthquake—it serves no purpose to bore you with a recitation of them. Instead, I have seen the error of my ways and I fully intend to be up there as soon as possible when it re-opens next month. Details about the re-opening are below, but first a few highlights from the past 15 years are in order, not necessarily in a chronological order.