It didn’t dawn on me until late, but the lunar eclipse was a great chance to try out my zoom lens on my new camera! Luckily I realized this around 7:30, which gave me plenty of time to play around and take some practice shots. Sure, I could have been excersizing on some strength equipment, working off the chocolate chip cookies I’d scarfed down early, but instead I chose to freeze my little butt off outside! Actually, I didn’t even do that. I had a great view from my front steps so I just stepped outside every 15 minutes or so to check. Considering I didn’t even use a tripod, I think my first real attempts at moon phots came out decent. The last photo I took, just before 10, is pretty blurry, but there was no way I was getting a better shot at that point. The eclipse was very pretty and we were lucky to have clear skies. It was pretty remarkable how many more stars I could see when the moon was blocked out. (And we live in a very rural, very dark area to begin with! No streetlights on our road.) At any rate, I thought it was very cool and I’m glad I didn’t forget about it.