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Long before Star Wars there were books of SciFi short stories. I used to read a lot of Brian Aldiss.
If anyone remembers the story “Visiting Amoeba”, a sky like this always brings back to me ” . . , the ancient fleets of Yinnisfar rising to the attack . . .”
So simple, so great
Very peculiar, Mike. It certainly makes for most interesting viewing.
Thank you for your comments
Hi there, Mike!
This is a really lovely shot of the Giant Moon / Super Moon that occurred in November.
Photographing “our” Moon is never easy. In times past I triend many a time and never achieved that which your photo portrays so I duly and gladly doff my photographic hat to you! Could you say and perhaps give details about the equipment you used to capture this image, exposure times etc. I would be very interested, others too.
On the very night of the Giant Moon “sods law” kicked in big time, that is, heavy cloud and total obliteration of the Moon. Most frustrating! I often wonder why on big celestial events the clouds somehow conspire to hide all that might be seen?!!?
That said, two days later after Giant Moon was at its epoch I was up and about as usual in the early morning and witnessed the Moon at 06.45 hrs ZULU time and “she” was there in the low western sky bathed in full glory and occasionally wreathed in soft cloud. “She” was like a bride wreathed with finest head dress and romantically mysterious. “She” did look very big! Yes, I know the Moon when near the horizon looks bigger but hey! it was abundantly BIG!!! It was a sight to behold and the clouds drifting before “her” added to the sense of wonderment of the occasion.
Next big moon in 2034 – I will assuredly be wearing my “wooden overcoat” (coffin) by then!
Thanks again, Mike, for this sharing.
Best wishes & Christmas Wishes too.
M F8 –1/250 — ISO200/ 400 WB Daylight Remote control shutter (adjust shutter speed + or – if to light/ dark
(Spot metering) use curves on Adobe (if neeeded) adjust the light exp possibly — or +
camera– Canon 7D lens Canon EF 300mm 1×4 Telel lens
use auto focusing then bring the lens back to manual, use remote shutter release with mirror lock it has to be steady even a small ammount of shake will take the image out of ocus
you may have to adjust the light/dark levels on camera depending on the clarity of the moon
Thanks as always for the input
This Image was taken at 4.41 am on the 16th in between a 10 min window space if I did not have the right settings it would have been a no go, as you say the next one is in 2034 that takes me to 90 so there is still a possability I may post another super moon on CAS
and seasons greetings to you also
Thanks, Mike, for your detailed reply. It is much appreciated.
Fascinating picture for ornithologists as well – there is a 15 foot tall heron in front of the houses.
Hi David we keep him here as we are under the herons flight path
thanks for the comment made me smile
A harbinger of rain to come later in the day. And my! – have we had some rain??!! Will it ever stop?
Thank you Laurence ,I guess it’s kept it’s word as it has nothing else but rain
Thanks, Mike. I empathise with your comment, for sure!
May I wish you (and all Society members) a very Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year 2016.
Thanks for all your lovely postings which I always enjoy much.
Seasonal Best Wishes.
Great shot. Love the Vulcan.
Thanks so much for this photo! I am an avid aviation enthusiast – and have been since I was about 4 years old, now I am 62!
Aviation is one of my life bloods. I have always liked the Avro Vulcan – a truly awe inspiring and sensational aircraft. To me, it is akin to an aerial Giant Manta Ray fish which I adore.
Your photo is of the last Vulcan (XH558) flying anywhere in the world. It is scheduled to fly to the end of this year but, regrettably not, thereafter due to metal fatigue problems and other matters, including the huge finance needed to keep and maintain the highly complex aircraft in airworthy condition, and, not forgetting, locating really highly specialised engineering talent to look after and maintain it.
I like the cloud backdrop – most fitting to the Vulcan. A swan-song or epitaph perhaps…Up in her element where “she” belongs.
Thanks again for this shot. Much appreciated. It appeals to me greatly.
Thanks Andy and thanks for the info Laurence was a great sight to see her arrive through those cumulus clouds
A quick update from me about the Vulcan XH558.
More info about the aircraft is on this website:-
Greetings to you, Mike
Your lovely photo shares an uncanny likeness to member Pauline Kirby’s photo of a sunset, though your photo is that of a sunrise.
Link to Pauline’s photo for comparison:-
Best wishes, as ever.
Many thanks Laurence it was a superb sky for most of the morning
and Pauline’s images is indeed an uncanny likeness
thanks for the link
I guess we have the same taste in clouds
Comment from Mike Davies….”Millions of people in the UK and northern Europe have glimpsed the best solar eclipse in years.
A great swathe of the Earth’s surface was plunged into darkness as the Moon came between us and the Sun.
Here, in the vale of Neath we had excellent weather with wall to wall blue skies
The deep shadow formed first in the North Atlantic and then swept up into the Arctic, ending at the North Pole.
People keen to catch a glimpse of the rare phenomenon were advised not to look directly at it. Looking directly at the Sun can cause serious harm,
The following images were captured using the correct solar filter
any other filter would damage the camera. and your eyesight.
for this I used a cloth over the back of the camera allowing me to see the image on live view.
it was an exciting moment when the shadow of the moon started it’s transit over the sun, later at maximum eclipse the temp dropped, the light faded and there was not a bird to be seen
Camera– Canon 7D using a 420 Canon Lens
settings– shutter speed 1/800 F8 ISO 400 and remote control”.
Thanks so, so much for this wonderful collection of photos of a unique lifetime event. So glad you took precautions about your eyesight – when born we are given just one pair of eyes for our whole life. Never ever sacrifice them.
To supplement your photos just that wee bit further and enhance your photo montage here are some further views of the big event.
Best wishes many thanks for all your fine effort.
Many thanks Laurence
Something I know will be of interest to you:-
You might like to have sight of this fantastic view of the event – photo comes from NASA’s APOD page
– look for the rare “Bailey’s Beads” around the Sun’s circumference. These are akin to stunning brilliant blue and/or white sparkling diamonds with eye-blinding light. Celestial magic!
Thanks for a lovely rainbow shot – one of many of Nature’s wonders. You have also caught a secondary rainbow, though feint, above the main bow below.
Thank you Laurence
Another of your nice photos, Mike.
I have not seen a good sunrise, let alone anything like a decent sunset, since the beginning of October 2013 when, as you know, the UK, especially Wales, has endured really truly rotten weather.
Many thanks Laurence
Very nice shot, Mike. I like the scarlet colouring on the early morning clouds which are good competition for sunset clouds.
Thank you Laurence we tend to get some good sunrise/sunsets here