Full Lunar Eclipse (August 28, 2007)
August 28th, 2007 by Maxim · 6 Comments · 3,395 Views
Yours truly stayed up all night to watch and make pictures of the Lunar eclipse.
It was gorgeous! I took my 15×60 binoculars, Canon 20D camera with tripod and 300mm zoom image-stabilizing lens, and went out to the warm summer night. The eclipse began a little later then predicted. At 12:52am there was nothing but a dark blur over the upper-left side. So I went indoors for another 30 minutes. Good idea since sprinklers came on.
I came back out with all the gear at around 1:30am and began to shoot pictures.
You can see the entire album here: http://public.fotki.com/MaxiMovieBlog/lunar-eclipse/ including bad ones. I thought I’d include them too in case you want to learn from my mistakes.
Feel free to leave your comments, but be nice!
I was playing with the camera trying different settings and trying with or without ND filter and circular polarizer. In the beginning of the eclipse the moon was still very bright, and all pictures were not coming out well: the moon was a bright white dish without any features. I looked through binocular and I could make out craters and seas quite well. I tried to reduce exposure and ISO. Eventually I began to get quite good results with aperture set to 5.6, ISO to 100-200 and exposure to 400-500. As the moon got more into the Earth’s shadow, I had to increase exposure, but kept aperture at 5.6. With longer exposure one has not to move or breathe even, as slightest camera shake was ruining the image. Also, the Moon was moving quite fast across the sky. It is very visible at high zoom ratio: even as I was focusing the lens, the Moon was managing to move out of focus. I also set the camera to 5 second shutter timer. That way I wasn’t shaking camera when pressing the shutter release button.
Overall the show lasted for about 2 hours. Then I went indoors again to write this post and look at my pictures on the computer.
Even if you don’t like them, I had a great night anyway. I hope you enjoy watching them them though as much as I enjoyed making them on the beautiful summer night!
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