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Taking Selfies My Way — Part XXVII; My Shadow Getting Attacked By A Tiger — May 14, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

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No post-processing whatsoever!


What can I say. We picked up this real cool, and incredibly light walking stick at our amazing ‘Swap Shop‘ at the Town ‘dump’ (a.k.a. recycling center).

When I was walking towards the house, once we got back, I noticed my shadow. I had the stick in my hand. Played around with it. This was the 3rd shot. The other two were OK, but I liked the exposure on this the best.

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The LAST Solar Eclipse YOU Saw Over New England Was That Of May 10, 1994.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Time and Date’ at: timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/1994-may-10

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_May_10,_1994

So, if tomorrow, Monday, August 21, 2017 you start wondering as to when you might have seen another Solar Eclipse, over NEW ENGLAND, it would have been on Tuesday, May 10, 1994.

I remember it. I watched it from New Ipswich, New Hampshire. It was NOT a total solar eclipse.

We in New England did NOT see the May 20, 2012 solar eclipse. So, if you hear folks going on about the 2012 eclipse don’t feel bad. It never reached New England.

Again remember what you will be watching is the MOON passing across the face of the Sun. Not some shadow. Got that?

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Monday’s, i.e., August 7, 2017, Partial Lunar Eclipse Will NOT Be Visible From New Hampshire — Or Anywhere In The USA.

by Anura Guruge

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From ‘Time and Date’ at:www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/. Click to ENLARGE. Note it is NOT visible from anywhere in the USA — let alone New Hampshire.

The amount of the Moon that will be in SHADOW as it passes through shadow cast by Earth. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/August_2017_lunar_eclipse

Do NOT confuse this August 7 – 8, 2017 partial Lunar eclipse with the BIG ONE — the August 21, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse. That is a totally different kettle of fish. Yes, that will be visible in New Hampshire. More on that once we get past this one since there will be lots of confusion.

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Today’s, i.e., February 26, 2017, Total Solar Eclipse Will NOT Be Visible From New Hampshire.

by Anura Guruge

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From ‘Time and Date’ at: imeanddate.com. Where the Solar Eclipse will be visible. Southern Hemisphere event restricted to Africa and South America.


What it will look like. The disc of the Sun will be blocked by the shadow of the moon. You will see sunlight behind the shadow.


Anatomy of a Solar Eclipse. Basically the Moon is between the Sun and the Earth. Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.

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Two Sony RX10 III Sample Images, Untouched JPEGs, Gives Me Pause.

by Anura Guruge

These two ‘Out of the Camera’ (OCC) JPEGs, by famous U.S. photographer Steve Huff, using a pre-release Sony RX10 III, at the U.S. announcement on March 30, 2016, in San Francisco, gave me pause for thought. There were, of course, other images in the set, by Steve Huff, that were very good.

A crop from a Steve Huff image.


Click to ENLARGE. Use above links to access Steve’s original — at full scale.

This is at 600mm zoom and the seal looks OK. Just not impressed with how the rocks in the background look. Not, in my opinion, a depth of field (DOF) issue. A tad to fuzzy for my liking. That would bother me.

Another crop from a Steve Huff image.


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Yes, I am sure that it could have been easily fixed with Exposure Compensation, but I don’t like amount of shadow on her face.  I would have deleted this image!

In the case of the Sony RX10 III I have to always compare it to my own Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 given that I know it so well. Some of Steve Huff’s pictures are superb and way beyond my capabilities. But I am just looking at the camera, the senor and the optics. I will keep on looking. Just wanted to share.

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Total Lunar Eclipse Over New Hampshire, September 27, 2015.

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As ever with any and all celestial events, I must, of course,
ADD “weather permitting” — especially in New Hampshire.

This, weather permitting, should be quite spectacular in that it is INDEED a TOTAL lunar eclipse.
So we will get to see the entire dramatic sequence
starting with the Earth’s shadow taking a BITE out of the Moon
all the way to the Moon being fully obscured …
to the Moon coming out of the shadow.

The only ‘sad’ thing is that it is going to be ‘late’ at night
— especially for kids.

Over New Hampshire the eclipse will start around 8:12 pm (Eastern).

But a total eclipse like this starts with the outer, dimmer shadow — the so called penumbra.
See diagram below.
The penumbra isn’t dark enough to take a bite.
All you will see is a shadow, that being what it is,
moving across the Moon’s surface.

The main shadow, the umbra, will touch the Moon at 9:07pm.
That is when the fun begins.
There will be a good sized bite by 9:25pm.
Half the Moon will be ‘eaten’ by 9:41pm.

Definitely worth keeping the kids up till at least 9:30.

The moon will be totally ‘eaten’ by 10:15
BUT maximum ‘shadow’ (darkness) will not occur till 10:47pm.

Then you get the whole sequence in reverse
with a half ‘eaten’ moon at 11:54pm.

It will be all done and dusted at 1:22 am.



NASA details for the September 28, 2015 total lunar eclipse. This is the URL: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/


Click to ENLARGE and read. See copyright notices embedded in the image. From http://www.dogonews.com.

A question that is bound to come up is “why don’t we have a total eclipse every month — at full moon?”

Makes sense. At full-moon, each month, we have the Sun —> Earth —> Moon alignment necessary for a lunar eclipse. BUT, we don’t get eclipses every month. At most, counting both lunar and solar eclipses, and partial eclipses as well as total, the maximum number we can have in a year is 7.

Why is that?

It all has to do with orbital inclinations. The orbit of the Earth around the Sun and that of the Moon around the Earth are not level — nor in a straight line. Both orbits are TILTED, i.e., inclined from ‘level’. So the bodies need to line up.

Get that. All to do with the 3 bodies rarely lining up.

We won’t have a total lunar eclipse in 2016. But in March 2016 we will have a TOTAL Solar eclipse!




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