12/20/10 • 10:21 PM
Mom took this shot of me shooting the photos below —
She did a great job hand-holding the 1.3 second exposure,
which was my fault.
I handed her the LX5, only conservatively increasing the ISO,
which is my style.
But I should have opened the aperture all the way up too,
utilizing its f/2.0 capability.
[For really observant camera buffs,
I’m not using the tripod collar because I loaned this lens to a friend
who doesn’t have a RRS quick release mount,
and I hadn’t screwed back on the adapter.
It wasn’t necessary, though.
Perhaps it was the extreme angle.
The 5D2 was rock steady
even with the extenders.]
12/20/10 • 10:00 PM
About 15 minutes into the lunar eclipse
12/20/10 • 10:41 PM
About an hour into the eclipse,
here it is nearly full.
We’re looking at the moon almost entirely shadowed by the Earth!
I had thought that the red color was mostly from the streetlight-lit clouds that rolled in,
but Rich commented below on how this is how it appeared even cloudless,
which I see is the case in these photos.
Perhaps even though the moon wasn’t throwing much light,
it was still reddening the clouds, along with the city’s light pollution,
which is generally more yellow/orange than red.
The clouds are a main reason for this photo’s lack of sharpness.
But this is also a much longer exposure,
as the moon is much darker,
so the movement of the moon blurs the photo even more.
I don’t have a motorized tracker gizmo
as Alaska isn’t a great place to view celestial bodies in the heavens,
being too low in elevation, among other things.
In hindsight, I probably could have totally avoided the clouds
shooting instead near Flattop Mountain —
getting an interesting landscape shot up there as well,
but the forecast was clouds,
so I was surprised to even see the moon at all.
And I didn’t know this would be such a long event,
taking over 2 hours —
much different than a solar eclipse.