Shooting the Moon

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DarylK
DarylK Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Shooting the Moon

Was fortunate enough to have a clear and still night last night with low humidity (due to the below freezing temperatures). So, I tried my hand at shooting last night's celestial event. Shots below are before, during partial eclipse stage and at full eclipse. DA 55-300 was used, so these are heavily cropped. For the first two shots I focused using live view. The final was too dark for live view to lock on with my old K-5, so had to settle for less accurate conventional AF for it (which shows I believe). Regardless, I think that overall, they're not too bad especially considering the lack of lens reach. Feel free to C&C if you like.

Thanks,

Daryl

9:46 pm before the excitement.

1:36 am partial eclipse.

The Blood Moon at 2:07 am.

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Nhelnhel Senior Member • Posts: 1,267
Re: Shooting the Moon

Daryl

Lucky you for having an opportunity to photographed that scene. I tried to take some photo but i saw only full moon but no change in color.

I like your photos. They are nice.

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noel2 Contributing Member • Posts: 627
Re: Shooting the Moon

Nhelnhel wrote:

Daryl

Lucky you for having an opportunity to photographed that scene. I tried to take some photo but i saw only full moon but no change in color.

I like your photos. They are nice.

The eclipse was unfortunately not visible in Europe. We (Europeans) will have to wait until September 28 next year.

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TomWret
TomWret Senior Member • Posts: 2,210
Re: Shooting the Moon

Daryl, I like the last one. Is that Mars at lower right. In my area it was too overcast. I think it will happen again around October.

Tom W(ret)

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Sheld Senior Member • Posts: 1,899
Re: Shooting the Moon

Here's my attempt at photographing the blood moon.  I wish it was sharper

K30, 1/5th of a second, F/6.3, ISO3200, 150-500mm @500mm

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Tourlou Regular Member • Posts: 239
Lucky you!

There was like 20000 feet thick of clouds a eclipse time in quebec.  No chance to see it at all!!!

DarylK
DarylK OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Re: Shooting the Moon

Nhelnhel wrote:

Daryl

Lucky you for having an opportunity to photographed that scene. I tried to take some photo but i saw only full moon but no change in color.

I like your photos. They are nice.

Thanks Nhelnhel.  I had never tried anything like this before, so you could call it beginner's luck in terms of the sky being very clear.  I wish the blood red moon shot was better focused.  On hindsight, I should have set focus using CDAF while I had decent contrast and then disabled focus for the later shots when it was too dark for CDAF to lock in.  Lesson learned for next time I guess.

Thanks again,

Daryl

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DarylK
DarylK OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Re: Shooting the Moon

noel2 wrote:

The eclipse was unfortunately not visible in Europe. We (Europeans) will have to wait until September 28 next year.

All good things come to those who wait.  May your sky be crystal clear in September!

Thanks,

Daryl

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DarylK
DarylK OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Re: Shooting the Moon

TomWret wrote:

Daryl, I like the last one. Is that Mars at lower right. In my area it was too overcast. I think it will happen again around October.

Tom W(ret)

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Thanks Tom. I honestly don't know the answer to your question. Maybe it was a planet...it was certainly bright compared to other stars in the sky.  I looked at the original image to get a closer look to see if there was any hint of red, but it was blown out.  Maybe there is an astronomer out there that would know.  I shot this in Omaha, NE. at the time shown in the EXIF if that would help any expert out there.

Daryl

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DarylK
DarylK OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Re: Shooting the Moon

Sheld wrote:

Here's my attempt at photographing the blood moon. I wish it was sharper

K30, 1/5th of a second, F/6.3, ISO3200, 150-500mm @500mm

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Thanks Sheld.  You're photo looks a lot like mine except your bright star (or planet?) is upper left of the moon instead of lower right, maybe because you're 850 miles south from where I was shooting???  I suspect it's the same celestial body.  Thanks for sharing your shot.

Daryl

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Mark Ransom
Mark Ransom Veteran Member • Posts: 3,723
Re: Shooting the Moon

Yours is actually quite nice compared to mine. I think the tripod is to blame but I can't be sure. I posted this to another thread already but I suppose a repeat doesn't hurt.

To the OP, that's a decent capture. I love that you managed to capture two stars.

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DarylK
DarylK OP Senior Member • Posts: 2,059
Re: Lucky you!

Bummer about your weather.  Wishing you better luck next time!

Thanks,

Daryl

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Great photography is largely a matter of perspective, both visually and mentally - Daryl Kottwitz (but probably said before )
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My shots on PPG: http://www.pentaxphotogallery.com/artists/darylkottwitz

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