It's hard to photograph. And once you photograph it, that's pretty much it. It's the moon. It's round. There's a rabbit on there. And because it's so bright, that's usually the only thing you can get in your frame that is visible. You either get detail on the moon, and then just a whole bunch of blackness around it, or you get a bright white blob that could just as well be a street light.
Early this morning we had a total lunar eclipse. This is where the earth gets between the sun and the moon, and the result is that the moon looks kinda orangey. So basically it's about as anti-climactic as a total solar eclipse is apocalyptic.
Nevertheless, I got up at 4:30 this morning to see if I could get a decent shot of it. This is the best I could do, and here it is. (If you don't see the little white pinpricks of light from the stars, your monitor is not set right.) I don't love it.
However, I also happened to notice that the moon was setting right around the time the sun was rising. Three things about this: the setting (or rising) moon looks much bigger; at twilight the moon is not so much brighter than everything else that you lose detail; and it's closer to things that you can include in the frame. It's the same principle behind shooting Christmas lights at twilight instead of at night. So I went back to bed and got up again an hour later, when the moon was setting and was still partially eclipsed, and the sun was almost rising. I got this shot, which is a little bit more interesting than the first one. Don't you think?
That's all the excitement for today, and now I need a nap.