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Mostly Eclipsed Moon Setting Over the Front Range
Lens: Pentax 100-300mm Camera: K20D Photo Location: Broomfield, CO ISO: 400 Shutter Speed: 1/4s Aperture: F5.6 
Posted By: Mark Castleman, 12-10-2011, 07:50 AM

I got this just as the Moon was about to completely move into the umbra but before it set behind the mountains, which means I had a about 3 minutes to work with. I find eclipse photos tough because of the extreme contrast between the area of the Moon in the Earth's shadow and the part still in direct sunlight.

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nice shot, well captured! ..... unfortunately we missed it here in Melbourne, after clear weather yesterday we've had thunder storms & heavy cloud since late afternoon.

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I like the composition a lot.

You did a great job with a tricky subject. I think this has the potential to become a truly breathtaking photo worthy of printing at a large size. Maybe process it to darken the sky, increase landscape contract, and bring out detail on the shadowed portion of the moon. I usually don't care for HDR effects on landscapes but this photo seems like a perfect candidate to try that.

Here on the east coast the eclipse was barely starting when sunrise hit. No great photo opportunities, which I guess was for the best since the skies were mostly cloudy anyway. I think our next full lunar eclipse rolls around in 2014.
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If only I had been able to go MUCH further west, say someplace like Himalayas, then there would have been some seriously cool overhead images. Once the Moon is completely within the umbra the contrast settles down and you can get more detail but the downside with last year's eclipse was that with the Moon high in the sky it's just a ball in the blackness.
Here's a shot from last year:

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The other downside to last year's eclipse was that it was about -20F that night. Your shot this morning was great.
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I really like that shot. I live in the plains that is central Alberta, so all I could get into mine to get rid of the "Ball in the sky" effect was power lines or trees. :P
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What a great shot...
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This is mine from a little further east in Aurora, a few minutes earlier. I used a K-7, K300/4, same aperture, ISO and shutter speed. Shooting from here includes a lot of disturbed atmosphere, but I was reasonably warm inside with an open window, so a tradeoff.

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Beautiful shots, folks! I was shooting on the other side of those mountains this morning (SLC). I had a heck of a time getting focus with my 55-300, though. It was quite cold...I'm wondering if the far end of focus was affected by the temps...damn plastic lenses.

Here's a more landscape-y shot, taken en route to my spot at the top of the hill...
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Incredible image Mark ... seriously good! wow, congrats, I can see how much practice and skill went into getting that image. I took my first moon shot ever last night. Nothing like this. Someone said frame it... I agree.
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Excellent shot & composition!
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Here's an impression of what we saw from north of Sydney. Australia. High cloud drifted in shortly after mid eclipse but it was a pretty good view until then.
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Lunar Eclipse and Button Rock near Lyons CO

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From my balcony in Sydney Australia, the land of down under, just before the eclipse, too bad the cloud hinter any further shots...

Lesson learned here? I need a better tripod...Slik Sprint Pro II works very well as a travel tripod and was wobbly like mad for shots like this.

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