Lately the moon has been so bright it has woken me up. Around 3-4 in the morning, it shines at an angle through the top of our bedroom windows directly onto our faces while we sleep.
Last night, we were lucky to have a clear sky and a good view of the eclipse from our deck. The only drawback was that it was one of the coldest nights we’ve had all winter. I guess I've lived in the South too long now because I could only stand to be out there for a few minutes at a time, and my patience with the tripod didn’t last very long. In a little while, I folded it up, switched to handheld, and made myself a cup of hot tea to sip while I went back and forth inside and outside.
I’ve only taken night photos a few times, so I had to read a few articles on shooting the moon beforehand. The biggest help was knowing to use a telephoto lens and to set the camera’s meter on spot mode, not matrix. Obviously, things can get a lot more artistic than what I have here, but I'll have to explore that on another night when I'm not shivering! This was my first time seeing an eclipse at night, and it definitely sparked my interest in night photography and made me want to pay more attention to what’s going on in the sky.