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12-20-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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lunar eclipse photo tips?

Any tips re taking shots of the eclipse tonight? I'm thinking of using a number of lenses including the fisheye to get a shot of the Christmas lights on the house, with the moon in the background...
Any thoughts are appreciated.
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12-20-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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Eclipses are a metering nightmare for me!
Most of the time the moon comes out looking like a bright baseball because people underestimate how bright a full moon really is. Right now, before the eclipse, Im at 1/125 at f8, ISO 100 on my DA 50-200 (the lens I have with the longest reach). I'm shooting with manual exposure to keep consistent. Hopefully the moon and your Xmas lights can be well exposed in one shot. Worse comes to worse you can take one exposure of the dark moon and another of the house and combine them. I'm going to be doing straight moon shots.

Good luck. :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by jboyde Quote
Eclipses are a metering nightmare for me!
Most of the time the moon comes out looking like a bright baseball because people underestimate how bright a full moon really is. Right now, before the eclipse, Im at 1/125 at f8, ISO 100 on my DA 50-200 (the lens I have with the longest reach). I'm shooting with manual exposure to keep consistent. Hopefully the moon and your Xmas lights can be well exposed in one shot. Worse comes to worse you can take one exposure of the dark moon and another of the house and combine them. I'm going to be doing straight moon shots.

Good luck. :-)
And good luck to you too! (Thanks for the info.)
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I forgot to set my alarm and missed it.

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I forgot to set my alarm and missed it.
I remembered to set my alarm and hit snooze
12-21-2010, 02:29 PM   #6
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The best I could do with my 18-250 Pentax. (Slightly cropped.)

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12-21-2010, 02:34 PM   #7
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That's a pretty nice shot. I was trying to get a shot at 1/50 ISO1600 210mm focal length F/4 (no IS) - I somehow achieved that, but your shot is better!


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Thanks for the kind words. This one was at ISO 100, 2.5 sec at f7.1. (And about -20 degrees celcius!)

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Both of those are pretty good for short lenses. You all do those hand-held?. Never mind, 2.5 seconds, guess not.
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mine was handheld
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