Sunday, September 30, 2012

Happy "Mid-Autumn Festival"

Today is the "Mid-Autumn Festival" day. That is, when we have mooncake and gaze idly skywards at the brightly glowing orb we call the moon...

Manual: 1/640s f7.1 ISO 100

The above is one of my best shots of the moon to date where we can actually see "some" detail (though shooting through a window handheld still resulted in a bit too much blurring). Yay!

For much of the day though, this didn't seem like it was going to be possible. As sunset approached, the skies were still overcast and growing ever darker as the nor'west arch started to collapse. Even an hour or so earlier, it was still quite overcast, with the moon teasingly poking out from behind the clouds:


Eventually the sky began to clear, to leave a near-perfectly clear sky, and a very bright and clearly visible moon:


On a more sombre note, it's been 6 years since the death of grandma. It was good heading off to the cemetery today and visiting her - getting some fresh air and walking around a tranquil place filled only with the sound of bird song and green was a refreshing break from the endless deadline crunch and day-meets-night-meets-day death-march over the past few weeks.

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