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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Lunar Eclipse‏

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments

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One of the greatest photographers, Ansel Adams, was born 106 years ago today. This is one of his greatest photographs:

"Moonrise Over Hernandez, New Mexico,"by Ansel AdamsOne of Boulder’s greatest nature photographers, Peter Steele (www.steelephoto.com) invited me and other friends who are interested in photography to celebrate the birthday of Ansel Adams tonight.

Peter took one of my favorite photographs, which I bought from him at Open Studios two or three years ago. I had it beautifully framed at great cost (much more than the cost of his print) and it has pride of place in my living room:

Horse Crossing near Marble, Colorado, by Peter Steele

Horse Crossing near Marble, Colorado, by Peter Steele

The birthday of Ansel Adams fortuitously coincides with the total lunar eclipse that was visible in Boulder between 8 and 9 this evening. So Peter invited us to a “Lunar Eclipse/Ansel Adams Birthday Hike and Celebration.” We met at the Mesa Trailhead off Eldorado Canyon road at 7, with wise instructions to dress warmly and bring headlamp and camera. I did.

He didn’t say anything about bringing a tripod. But it was an obvious necessity to shoot the moon — and one that I lacked. So this morning I went out to a camera store and bought one that just fits in my pack.

Peter starting things off at the trailhead with a beautiful and battery-powered slide show of his photos from his MacBook (the same laptop that I have). Then we walked a mile up the trail, getting there just before 8. That was just enough time for me to set up my new tripod and figure out how to take a night shot with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2 camera.

While the sky was not as clear as yesterday, the eclipsed moon was clearly visible. I got four decent shots (albeit not in the Adams-Steele class), including this one:

"Lunar Eclipse, February 20, 2008, 8:08 PM," by David Mendosa

"Lunar Eclipse, February 20, 2008, 8:08 PM," by David Mendosa

Interesting how red the moon looks in this unretouched photo.

A very nice bonus was meeting and talking on the trail with a friendly couple, Vinny and his girlfriend Mindy. Vinny has just opened a studio in Denver that will be showing Peter’s work next month. I will be there.

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