Friday, December 12, 2008

Howl, baby

Taken by me, from my driveway, about two hours ago.

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Blogger Zach said...

Nicely done!

12:07 PM  
Blogger ReBecca Foster said...

Sweet! It has been so bring here at night, I have no trouble walking the dog at 2 am!

12:34 PM  
Blogger ReBecca Foster said...

*bright* not bring lol sorry

1:38 PM  
Blogger 220mya said...

The first image in this series looks an awful lot like yours! The contrast is different, but that's about it. Is it this easy to take such a similar shot of the moon in California and the UK, or did someone plagiarize you?

1:15 AM  
Blogger Dr. Vector said...

:-) :-)

I have had that feeling before: "Hey, that moon shot looks just like mine!" It's never been accurate, though. At any particular phase, your options for taking a crisp, well-resolved photo are pretty limited, so they're all going to turn out pretty much the same.

I think what trips us up is that almost everything we see on Earth can be photographed from multiple angles. A thousand photographers may take a thousand pictures of, say, the AMNH Barosaurus, but even out of a million photos the chances that any of them would be easily mistaken for each other are pretty small. The moon offers many fewer options, at least with whole-disc shots, and many other celestial objects are the same. If I see a super-crisp picture of the Whirlpool galaxy (M51), I often can't tell if it was made by a sophisticated amateur like Robert Gendler or Russell Croman or by Hubble.

The joy of astrophotography for me is similar to that of fishing. It takes a while, it requires some gear, you have to wait for the right times, some skills you only develop with practice, sometimes you come home skunked, and even if you're successful, you know that someone else got a bigger fish. Doesn't make your fish any less fun to catch, or any less tasty. There is something magical about viewing a whole world through your telescope, and getting respectable pictures of it with your camera.

12:01 PM  

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