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Katy & Jason Wedding on July 7, 2013 at Lake Temescal, Oakland, California

Katy and Jason had a great wedding that was at the Lake Temescal Park in Oakland, California. I was so happy that they decided to use me as their official wedding photographer. They have such a great spirit and are always trying to make sure that they are doing their best in every endeavor. On their wedding day, they were both so relaxed it made getting their photographs easy. Not to mention that they are a good looking couple as well. I want to wish them both all the very best in their days and years ahead. Congratulations!

Full Blood Moon eclipse over the San Francisco Bay

I have to admit, I am certainly not an astrophotographer. I really had no idea how I was going to be able to capture the lunar eclipse with my current camera and lenses. I did know that I would make an effort to get out there to at least see it for myself. So I gathered up my Nikon DSLR and a 70-200mm lens along with my tripod and headed outdoors. It wasn't cold, so I didn't have to wear gloves, but it was very quiet at that late hour.

Once I had gotten the camera setup on the tripod, I did watch the standard eclipse begin. The Moon looked a little hazy since there was cloud cover making it a bit harder to see. It was bright though, so I setup the camera with an ISO of 400 and f/11, with shutter at 1/125. This seemed to work pretty well, but it was a bit dark, so I opened the lens to f/8 and this seemed much better.

After sitting outside for a good hour or so, the Moon was now in the full blood orange color seen in the photograph. Although there was quite a bit of light pollution around (from the neighborhood lights) I still felt that the image did give a good estimation as to what I remember seeing.

At this point the settings had to be lengthened fairly significantly to capture the lower light from the Moon. I now set the camera at ISO 800, f/5.6, and shutter of 1 second to 3 seconds. I really wanted to get a photo of the Moon in it's orange glow along with the pinprick of Mars in the background, but the clouds were being a bit too annoying to let me get the shot.

In any case, it was a fun little adventure, and now I'm more interested in trying to grab some other astro photography when I next have a chance.