December 10, 2011. Lunar Eclipse.

December 10th, 2011 the world was granted a lunar eclipse. I must be showing my age, because I remember the last lunar eclipse in ’07. I was at my parents house and I had recently purchased my 70-200mm Canon L-series lens. Back then I was using my mid frame 30D, I ran outside and set up my tripod, and snapped away. I remember the shots (one shot below) I took back then and how impressed I was with them. I thought that my 70-200mm was the next best thing to a personal telescope. Since ’07 I have shot a shit load more, upgraded my body 2 times and completed an arduous 365 flickr project. This time around, I approached things a whole lot differently, not only through knowledge that I had obtained over 4 years, but also due to the fact that I had far better equipment. Once again I had been at my parents house, for my mothers birthday, and through conversation had found out about said eclipse. I raced home, thinking that it was going to be the same awesomeness of the ’07 experience, and thought, well lets make this better. As in ’07 I tee’d up my tripod and waited. Reports stated that the eclipse would start at 11:30pm Saturday night and would peak at around 2:00am the following Sunday morning. I waited. I waited. I waited some more.

Weather conditions this year were a lot different. Rain and clouds covered the moon for most part of the night. Yet I still wait. at around 1:30am, the clouds part and the moon is exposed. I shot away. The thing was, the cloud detail, the yellowish glow, the moon, were all on different planes.In order to catch one, I would fuck up the other. So, this is where the 365 multiple take experience kicked in. Look at the subject as if it was 5 different shots. The clouds, inner and outer, the glow, the moon and then the overall idea of the shot. Treat each element with ultimate respect. If you look at the 80 or so shots that I took for this piece, I made sure that each element was perfectly exposed for  what it was going to represent in the final image.

Mind you, shooting 80 or so shots in the space of 6 minutes, probably puts me in paparazzi status for moon shots.

But, with out doing that, I wouldn’t of been able to produce the moment I was lucky enough to see.

Happy shooting.


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