BLOOD MOON - last night

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Robert Watcher, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I was very limited with my gear last night - but made an attempt to shoot the full eclipse from Nicaragua, anyway. The sky started out clear, and then as the earth shadow began to hide the moon - cloud cover moved in and made it even more difficult.

    My focal length was 300mm which only provides a small moon shape on the frame. Initial exposures were typical low ISO and fast shutter speeds at f8 and then diminished to 1/2 second at 1600 ISO - - - while handholding and looking onto the LCD screen of my Olympus E-PL3. Auto Focus would not work and I did my best to find a decent focus manually.

    I could only capture 1/2 of the event as a result of the clouds totally covering and darkening the sky once we had witnessed the "blood moon". It was beautiful to watch with the naked eye. Being it wasn't the greatest set of images I could take - but I still wanted to shoot it - I added some glitz to the eclipse series, just for interest sake. I left Mars in the bottom right corner of the shot.

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  2. bluzcity

    bluzcity Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 17, 2012
    Memphis, TN
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    I think this is pretty awesome!
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  3. it'sAlvin

    it'sAlvin Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 16, 2014
    Bay Area CA
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    One of the best sets Ive seen. Well done!
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  4. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Andrew Lossing
  5. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Very neat composite!
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  6. newbert

    newbert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 22, 2012
    Glens Falls, NY
    Fabulous! Very well done!
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  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
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    Outstanding - really, really well done! :bravo-009:
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  8. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
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    this is the photography I've been dreaming to do:2thumbs:
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  9. oldoldold

    oldoldold Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Broomfield, CO
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    Joe Milan
    It's been quite awhile since I've posted anything--not sure why. This thread drew me out.
    Here are a few of mine from last night:
    #1 The Start of the total eclipse
    #2 The height of the total eclipse
    #3 At the end of the total eclipse

    Olympus E-PL5 with Panasonic 100-300 mm lens
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  10. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
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    Very cool set, Rob!
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  11. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
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  12. pasisti

    pasisti Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 16, 2013
    Helsinki, Finland
    You lucky things! It was so cloudy here in Finland that there was nothing to see..
  13. Mike Deane

    Mike Deane Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 25, 2013
    Quick Question for the expert from a novice. I also tried to take picture of the blood moon and the eclipse. I had EM1 and a Panasonic 300 with (and without) a shutter control cable on a sturdy tripod. It seemed like it could never focus - the moon in the view finder grew and shrank. When it did not grow and shrink, I saw two "moons" in the view finder - one was solid yellow, and the other seemed to have craters... I am very puzzled. Please help...
  14. Robert Watcher

    Robert Watcher Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I focused manually I believe. Nice feature of the Olympus cameras is that you can zoom in for focusing. I don't use that often, but in dark conditions it can help. The moon isn't going to change its distance from you. So once focus is set, you can fire away even when the moon is barely visible - conditions that would cause the searching for focus issues you experienced.
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  15. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    +1 I always use that function when shooting the moon. It's very difficult anyway. And don't forget the delay shutter self release function so the shutter won't make your image blurry. Actually I forget that I noticed, afterwards :)