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Old Apr 4, 2015, 5:05 PM   #1
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Default Moon - From this Morning

I'm sure that others will post some really fantastic shots from today's lunar eclipse, but I thought I would jump in first. The atmospheric conditions weren't ideal, there was a certain amount of moisture in the air even though it was clear. And I didn't wait up until dawn, the moon usually is behind a ridge by the time the sun comes up when it's a full moon. I went back to sleep not that long after the full eclipse and caught another hour of sleep, something I appreciate on a Saturday. I also had some focus issues, my eyes aren't as good as they once were and even using live view I had some problems, but got it focused toward the end of the total part of the eclipse. Here's one of the shots:

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Old Apr 4, 2015, 5:08 PM   #2
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Wow! This is very nice! I'm glad you got this shot AND some sleep.
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Old Apr 4, 2015, 11:07 PM   #3
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That is a superb shot.
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Shooting an eclipse turned out harder than just shooting a full moon. It seemed like a compromise, juggling shutter speed, aperture and ISO to get the best combination and then trying to get the focus right since AF wasn't accurate or else able to lock on at all. I think I have a cataract that's interfering with my vision and making everything much harder than they used to be. But I had a good time trying, and was happy enough. After I had gotten some during the full eclipse portion and the moon was starting to clear the earth's shadow I played around with exposure. I usually leave my camera set to multi sector for metering and so I set an aperture and shutter speed to be what the camera thought should be the right exposure. That was really funny. While this setting does a reasonable job of metering under normal conditions, it isn't infallable. Anyway, I had fun playing around and it was worth setting the alarm for 3:30 on a Saturday morning.
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Must be nice to get clear skies.
Great picture.
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Thats really nice
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Must be nice to get clear skies.
Great picture.
The way our winter hasn't been, I would have preferred rain or snow. It's going to be a very long summer...
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