During the early morning hours of April 15, 2014, the world was exposed to the amazing sight of a total lunar eclipse. This was the first of four lunar eclipses (April 15th will be followed by another on October 8th, and again on April 4th and September 28th of next year) that we will have the pleasure of witnessing over the next year and a half. Never shooting the Moon, let alone a lunar eclipse before, my brother and I decided to brave the cold and sleep deprivation to enjoy this wonderful event.
It was really windy, so long exposures weren’t really possible unless you timed it right between the strong gusts of 20+ mph. As a result, the typical recommended small apertures for sharpness wasn’t possible if I wanted to keep the noise to a useful level. So, smaller F-stops it was! Up until the main full lunar eclipse time at ~1:45 am local time, it gradually got more windy as the front rolled in which caused my earlier photos to be more in focus. And here’s the best one of the lot at my full zoom…
It got to the point that my phalanges were getting too frozen and rather unusable, so I wanted to make the most of the rest of the functional time that I had. Seeing Mars so bright that evening was really disturbing to me as odd as that may sound. I found myself constantly gravitated towards it and really wanted to include it in a photo with the amazing lunar eclipse that we were witnessing. So I did (it’s the bright one on the far right)…
It wasn’t long before I honestly could not do much with my fingers, even with the hand warmers. So, I just couldn’t take any more pictures, but I felt I captured the ones that I wanted anyway. Thus, I resorted to sitting back, stuffing my hands in my pockets with the hand warmers and enjoying the rest of the eclipse. I hope you had a chance to see it. If not, I hope that these pics help and that you take advantage of the upcoming ones.
Information on the photos above:
- Canon 7D
- Canon 70-200L F4
- Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter (Photo #2)
- Benro Tripod
- Mirror Lockup used
- Canon RS-80N3 remote switch used
- Nik software used to denoise the image, increase warmth and contrast and moderate the extreme dynamic range exposure of the Moon
Great shots Neal.
Thanks Dave! I really appreciate the feedback.