It was a full moon a few nights ago. An eclipse as well. While most folks (especially in India) are well advised to stay at home and avoid looking at the moon etc., I spent a considerable amount of time on the terrace of our building balancing a tripod and battling a mild gale in an attempt to take my first photographs of a lunar eclipse. Since I had a perfectly good view of the moon from my balcony as well, I moved downstairs later. It was mostly cloudy during the actual eclipse itself, so I spent some time playing around with the camera settings and discovered / stumbled upon some ‘exploding bokeh’ techniques that I found to be very cool. Shall upload pics of that experiment and some of the eclipse in flickr later.
After the eclipse was over and I was settled, I was standing in the balcony when I noticed the sky was perfectly clear. The moonlight was falling beautifully on the windows and practically shining into the room. It brought back a memory.
My parents were visiting us in Mumbai in August 2009. They happened to stay with us for the first 15 days or so, and it so happened that there was a full moon at that time as well. I am not getting into the details, but I remember my dad lying on the bed and looking up through the window at the moon. As it happened, the sky was perfectly clear that night as well and the moonlight came in just the same way, softly through the windows. I recall the smile he had on his face while looking up at the moon. A pleasant breeze was wafting in and he had that expression of being completely content.
He passed away a few weeks later.
The full moon on Saturday reminded me of him and the sense of peace I hope he was feeling. That’s the way I always want to remember him.
I miss you Dad.