Two resources for planning your lunar photography evening

A friend pointed me to this BBC article about tonight’s full moon. It seems that tonight’s full moon event will occur when the Moon is the closest it’s been to the earth (during a full moon) in 15 years.

Well, methinks. A perfect time to get out the photography and telescopy equipment and capture this event.

But wait. This is Winter. In Canada. In Edmonton. Before we head out to the great white north, let’s do a bit of research to make the most of the event.

When will the full moon occur?

According to the helpful chart at Edmonton’s Telus World of Science, the Moon will rise at 3:53 pm and set at 9:12 am the next day. Since the Sun will be setting about the same time, great twilight illumination of any surrounding clouds or landscape will occur. Similar resources can be found at Skymaps.com, Astronomy.com and SkyAndTelescope.com.

What about the clouds?

Of course, to actually see this full moon, cloud cover should be at a minimum.  Unfortunately, according to the Clear Sky Chart for Edmonton, overcast conditions are predicted. Charts for your region may be found at ClearDarkSky.com

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So. Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll be doing something other than taking pictures of the moon this evening. Hmmm, Rock Band 2 anyone? 🙂

Get back to where you want to be


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Originally uploaded by bgrier

Today I picked up one tool that my photography kitbag has been missing for a while, a flash slave trigger.

And this one of the first shots taken using it. Beer, of course 🙂

Slave was a Vivitar 283 sitting about 60 degrees to the right of the glass, triggered by an on-camera Vivitar 285 bouncing off the ceiling.

I can tell I’m going to have fun with this puppy 🙂

(posted via Flickr)

Alberta Winter on the Desktop

Winter Waskahegan Desktop - 2007Happy New Year. I’ve been having more fun with Photoshop and with my new Wacom Bamboo drawing tablet, and decided to share the fruits of my labour.

Here’s a new 1280 x 865 wintery-themed image, taken one frosty morning out on the trail near the Waskahegan trail at the Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Recreation Area, just east of Edmonton.

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