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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Photographing the Eclipse



I hope you all took the time to walk outside last night and look skyward.
One of nature's wonders began about 8:45pm. The eclipse of the moon.
So beautiful , and at the same time quite spooky. I imagine our ancestors
probably freaked big time.

I almost didn't shoot any photos, but Deborah, my muse, inspired me to shoot. She has really become interested in photography and we worked on these togethe



Most people don't realize how bright the moon is. I shot the top photo at f8
and 1/125 second. My ISO was at 320. I shot the two larger images with a 500mm lens. My old 500 has the tripod collar close to the end of the barrel, and I could not thread it onto the tripod due to the shape of the bottom of the camera. I threaded the tripod into the bottom of the camera. The red image was during the height of the eclipse, and my exposure was still f8, but slowed to 2 seconds. I got a bit of movement in my slower shots, had some camera shake due to the way it was on the tripod.

The last image shows the planet Saturn below the moon and the star Regulus above. So disappointed that this one didn't do better. It was an awesome sight, the red moon hanging between those two points of light.

The next total eclipse will be December 10, 2010, so mark your calendar and get ready.

4 comments:

AlexH said...

Too cool. I was most disappointed as all we had was a sky of cloud cover :{

AlexH said...

Go Deborah! Keep pushing the ole' timer. ;)

My moon shots are always to bright. Haven't figured out the settings yet.

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