Here is breakfast with Dr. Buzz Aldrin. I was able to talk to Buzz twice and hopefully take his advice.
A fortuitous cloud break at the water’s surface allowed this awesome shot! The photo has been processed and is not raw, in commone with 100’s of others photos taken in the same coniditons.
The only “science education” I really accomplished was to introduced the “green flash” to a Fire Chief and his wife from Cocoa (along with scores of others who heard their testimony) who had never seen or heard of it – at 6:03 AM over coffee on Cocoa Beach.
My Nikon D-810 usually finds itself behind my 8 “Celestron or Lunt System Solar telescope. With its own 85mm and 25mm fixed optics lenses ( plus a polarizer to keep the Florida humidty off the front surface) it did double-duty. A shutter of 1/75,000th second is barely enough to be able to decern the “green” from the following “white” flash, but with 36.3 MP, the flash character stands out. Also explaingin why it seems so bright. It is not just that our eyes evolved to be sensitive to green. It is also that green fills the sky and sun disk with reflected light.
I then took the Fire Chief’s advice and picked up empty beer cans and trash out side a walkway to the beach to apppreciate the great human effort it takes to keep the beaches of the Atlantic clean and Sea Turtle reproducing.
I happen to meet the winner of the “Most Galactic Black Tie” representing “Luna”, pictured next to me, below.
With the Saturn V Booster as a backfrop, the “official photo”. I am still in shock at having Jeff Bezos ask to have his photo taken just before mine and meet him briefly. Can you tell from my pale expression?