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A total eclipse of the moon

A total eclipse of the moon

Last nights total eclipse of the moon was tricky to capture. A normal moon photo is easy as its a bright object in the sky. The problem was that when the moon was fully eclipsed it was a dull red ball in the sky. At 400mm I couldn’t really capture it in enough detail because I had to increase the ISO, which increased the noise. When I cropped the image it was just too noisy to really see any detail. After a lot of attempts I gave up and captured the process and produced this image instead. Its a combination of shots at 400mm.

Camera: Canon 30D // Lens: Canon 100-400 IS L // Aperture: f/8 // Shutter Speed: 1/100 // ISO:100 // Focal Length: 400mm

10 comments on “A total eclipse of the moon

  1. nicely done Pete. I didn’t manage to get a decent shot of it but it was still pretty amazing to watch

  2. oh my goodness, that’s great. Mine looked rather less impressive than that, rather like a half-eaten frisbee in the distance, but yours are lovely!!

  3. Fantastic image – moon shots are always tricky, long exposures, long lenses, moving clouds (and stars)!

  4. that is a cool montage indeed! great shots!!!

  5. Benneh

    What kind of exposure time is that pete?. Excellent piece :).

  6. Benneh

    Scratch that :), must learn to read. “Welcome to the sky tonight” :).

  7. It’s nice that a lot of the photoblog I daily visit published a moon shot yesterday… me too. I love this composition of the different phases. Very nice job!

  8. Amazing montage :)

  9. Nicely done, Pete. Very well put together.

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