Lunar Eclipse tonight

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  1. jgjbowen

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    Any tips for photographing this evening's Lunar Eclipse?

    I plan on shooting transparencies with the Nikon.

    Thanks in advance,

    John
     
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    No and yes. Go to a location where there are no city lights, use a 400 or 500mm lens, fast film speed, take different time exposures and hope for the best. As for me I will be watching from my deck enjoying the event.

    Good luck.
     
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    A couple of years ago there was a Lunar Eclipse. I started to hassle with getting it together to photograph it but finally decided to leave the photography to those with the necessary equipment and expertise.
    I bundled up and relaxed in my back yard with a cup of Hot Rum and Cider, listened to some appropriate music from my minidisk player and just enjoyed the show. If I had been dealing with the technical stuff, I would have missed all of the subtle changes and the beauty of the event.
     
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    I remember two tips from 15+ years ago when I shot one:

    1. required exposure times are a lot shorter than I would have guessed. Obviously, don't rely on your exposure meter, unless you have a telelens and spot metering. And even then: bracket, mainly towards even shorter exposure times.

    2. If you don't develop the film yourself, ask the minilab/proflab/... to NOT cut the negatives/positives. It's hard -or impossible- to tell where one frame ends and another starts; best to do that yourself. I ended up with quite some "half" slides because I didn't ask them not to cut the film... :sad:
     
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    I was hoping to shoot a couple of shots tonight - but it's an overcast day and doesn't look like it will clear up. :sad:
     
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    Anyone in the U.K. - get off that keyboard and take a look right now. It's covering nicely, a fantastically clear sky and view here in London.

    Wonderful.......
     
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    Thanks to all for the advice.
     
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    Beautiful really
     
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    Untill the clouds came in, I took a couple of shots with (1) Bronica EC + Nikkor 250 mm. + 2x tele converter on Fuji NPH 400 @ 125/8 and (2) Leica M2 + Visoflex III + Telyt 200 mm on Fuji Superia 200 @ 125/8, in both cases increasing aperture as the moon got smaller. Did a bit of bracketing. We'll see how these shots come out. There will be another lunar eclipse in August, but you have to live in the Pacific region to catch it.
     
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    At the last minute the eastern sky here cleared and we got a good visual of the Eclipse (about 95% here).

    Unfortunately, no time to get the camera gear going - but enjoyed the "show"! :D
     
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    WHEW!
    I just looked out the window and the Moon has returned.
    I guess that the Moon God accepted my Goat as an offering.
    Close call.
     
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    We had good clear skies for the first half of the eclipse but I found myself standing in thick fog for the second half! Still, I managed to shoot a good sequence with my, ahem, DSLR.

    If you're interested I've posted a small version to my website:

    http://www.lightwork.me.uk/News.html

    The full version's about 210 Megapixels.

    Barry