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Sunday, October 4, 2015


This event took place on September 27, 2015

I was preparing to watch a rather rare eclipse of the moon. Blood moon. Red moon. But what I ended up photographing was the moon as it just peeked over Storm King Mountain which is directly across from our back patio. It is a good thing that I was set up with a tripod or I would have missed this preliminary event to the actual eclipse.  I could see the light from the moon just moments prior to it's appearance over Storm King Mountain. And it was evident that it would appear directly in line with a noticeable notch in the mountain ridge. Perfect! All I had to do was make the exposure just as it was in the process of rising into the evening sky. I made five exposures, and this was the best, because the mountain ridge actually shows in the image. You could not see the ridge in the rest of the exposures. This was it. One exposure, and one beautifully striking image. Being in the right spot at the right time was critical. This was the "decisive" moment.

All to often, a great image is missed because the photographer is not totally prepared to make the exposure at the absolute critical moment.

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