Balloon Ride
Taken by B.A.Zajac on August 7, 2017 @ Berlin, DE
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I got to my favorite footbridge in time for the moonrise, but was not prepared for the amazing colors, or for the strange form of the eclipsed moon. It was a remarkable event to witness. And what made it more interesting was the sudden appearance of a large helium balloon in the distance, adding another spheroid to the frame!

The balloon is actually a tourist attraction located near Checkpoint Charlie almost 7 km away. It was painted to look like the earth and has the world written on the banner in German, namely die Welt. I am sure the passengers got a wonderful view of the partial lunar eclipse from 500 ft up.

The first two images derive from a video, a single cropped frame and then a GIF covering a minute in time as the balloon moved into view. The first image was edited to remove some tree branches and also the word die centered on the banner. I am not superstitious, but did not want anyone to get the wrong impression!! The GIF was left unchanged, so you can see what I am talking about.

These first two images and the third photograph were taken with my Nikon Coolpix P600 mounted on a tripod. The last image was made with the handheld combination of 8 MP smartphone and 10x25 binoculars. It was taken a bit later as the colors were transitioning from reds to yellows.
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