Saturday, March 20, 2010

Earthshine



Here's another digiscoped waxing moon shot from Thursday evening showing significantly more earthshine than the young moon image from a few days ago. It's called "earthshine" because the light that's illuminating the dark side of the moon is reflected sunlight off of the Earth. Some people mistakenly think this image is of a solar eclipse, when in fact it's a crescent moon. It does resemble an eclipse, I'll admit, but the more visible crescent is blown out because of the intentional overexposure to capture the dark portion. The end result is still a pretty cool photograph!

© 2010 Mike McDowell

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