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Yes, it was horrible, but many of the photos of the burning Notre Dame cathedral are pretty amazing.  Atlantic with a photo gallery:

Smoke and flames rise from Notre-Dame Cathedral on April 15, 2019. 

Hubert Hitier / AFP / Getty
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Go ahead, hate the gallery of photos from “National puppy day.”  I dare you.

Chilean police officers march with puppies, future police dogs, during a parade celebrating Chile’s 208th independence anniversary in Santiago on September 19, 2018. 

Claudio Reyes / AFP / Getty

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The flooding in the Midwest is pretty amazing (in a horrible way).  Flooding always does make for some pretty compelling images, as in this Atlantic gallery.

People view the rising waters from the Platte and Missouri rivers that flooded areas of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on March 17, 2019.

Nati Harnik / AP

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The Duke-UNC game made a recent Atlantic photos of the week compilation.  It existed, but definitely much less face/body paint going on back in my student days (1990-94):

Fans watch as Luke Maye of the North Carolina Tar Heels waits to throw the ball inbounds against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at the Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, on February 20, 2019.

Streeter Lecka / Getty

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Love this Atlantic gallery looking back at photos from 1969

A wide view of the Moratorium Day demonstration in Washington, D.C., on October 15, 1969. The Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam was a broad single-day protest calling for the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. 

AP

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From a recent Atlantic photos of the week gallery:

A drone photo shows a flock of lambs and sheep in Urfa, Turkey, on February 4, 2019. 

Halil Fidan / Anadolu Agency / Getty

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So, I vaguely remember some total lunar eclipses in my past that were at 4am or so… not happening.  Was excited for last night’s to be at a time I’m normally up (starting before midnight) and on a crystal clear night in central NC (of course, crystal clear winter nights are cold nights– temperatures in the 20’s and wind chills in the teens).

I was also looking forward to the photographic challenge.  I still don’t why it is so hard to get a decent photo of the moon without a powerful zoom, but I’ve always failed at that, even with a tripod.  I do have a 40x zoom in my Canon SX 730 HS, but it is otherwise not the best camera.  Anyway, it did prove easy to get some pretty great shots of the moon early in the eclipse, but once things went total, it was really hard to make it all work.  No matter what I did, it just would not autofocus properly on the shadowed moon.  I finally figured out how to manually focus, but it’s not quite 100% sharp.  It was also kind of cool to see the shutter length go from relatively fast at the beginning of the eclipse (1/400) to needing 1 second of exposure to capture the total eclipse.  And the less light, the harder it was to get the camera to get a good shot, regardless of the tripod.

Speaking of the tripod…  My standard tripod is not well-designed for pointing almost straight up.  The moon was high in the sky, as in sore neck high.  What ended up working was putting my car in the middle of the cul-de-sac and putting my mini tripod on it which allowed me to have a tripod that pointed up and actually have a view from underneath.  Of course, figuring that all out with my bare hands in the 14 degree wind chill was not great.

Anyway, totally worth it.  And, more than you want to know, but hey, those pretty moon shots aren’t going to take themselves.

Here’s my favorite shots:

 

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