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With our smartphones buzzing in our pockets, many of us imagine we can instantly transform from a regular layperson with no sense of aperture or overexposure into this century’s Ansel Adams.
All we need, really, is something memorable at which we can look—something we can immediately share on Facebook, so that all of our friends, acquaintances, and people we met that one time at that one party can bask in the glory of our obvious photographic talent.
On Sunday night, our subject was glorious: a super blood moon, which occurs every couple decades or so, when the moon is in part of its orbit that brings it closest to Earth and a lunar eclipse throws a shadow over said moon, giving it a reddish tint.
This astronomical rarity, which won’t happen again until 2033, was a gift for photographers both amateur and professionals—and especially amateurs who think they’re professionals. There are, of course, places across the universe of the Internet where you can see the most striking images the blood moon produced.
Unfortunately, this is not one of those places. Instead, we’ve collected the worst super blood moon photos we could find. Because if we can’t celebrate our spectacularly terrible photos, what’s the point of taking them—and then sharing them with the whole world—in the first place?
A photo posted by James Dwyer (@jamesbdwyer) on
We shouldn’t have been surprised, of course. It’s elementary optics at work:
Job well done, everybody. See you again in 18 years.
Photo via Imgur
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.