Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 - Photos

#16 Feb 2nd, 2018, 09:37
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Moonset Eclipse: Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak

Explanation: Near the closest point in its orbit, the second Full Moon of the month occurred on January 31. So did the first Total Lunar Eclipse of 2018, as the Moon slid through planet Earth's shadow. In a postcard from planet Earth, this telescopic snapshot captures the totally eclipsed Moon as it set above the western horizon and the Chiricahua Mountains of southern Arizona. The Moon's evocative reddened hue is due to sunlight scattered into the shadow. Still, the planet's shadow visibly grows darker near the center, toward the top of the lunar disk. ... Source: Fred Espenak
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Well you can judge for yourself:
I expect that, like mine, most of these images were re-sized and/or cropped, so look at the images from DarkLord, iamsomnath, NickH, me, and the Fred Espenak posted by RweHavingFunYet -
Rt Click the image and select 'View Image' - keep clicking Ctl+ till you get a maximum, and compare the quality:-

the Espenak is by a professional photographer and is beautifully composed, but the quality (as shown) is not outstanding (high ISO noise?);
mine are probably the poorest of the bunch - passable at higher light levels (the last 2 or 3) but the 1st low light one is very poor. I don't know whether I could have improved them with post-processing, that's something I have yet to try.
Both DarkLord's and NickH's are visibly better, and iamsomnath's is truly outstanding.
My lens cost $170 (recently), my camera is a pre-owned Nikon D3 available in the USA for under $1,000.
The main thing to remember is that these are manual lenses (aperture priority auto exposure is available on the D3, also manual focusing using a magnified LiveView screen - but at 1000mm just breathing near the lens shakes the image and focus to out-of focus is about a 1/4mm turn of the lens. With the x2 extension you are shooting at a fixed f13).
It would be interesting to know, for comparison, what equipment the others were using.

AndyD 8-)

p.s. If I get the chance I'll try and get a moon pic with my new 150-600mm for comparison.
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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 - Photos

Darklord, I got a lot of photos like yours. Frankly, main villain was the cloud cover. It affects the camera more than the eye. I was also experimenting with settings.

Only a 200mm lens! My image is 100% (about) crop.
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I think the main advantage I had was that of location. I live in a village, near a paddy field. I shot from one edge of the fields out towards the open, so almost zero artificial lighting to interfere. No big pollution or smog either. Then, of course, the sky was absolutely clear, zero clouds.

I used a Canon 1300D with Canon EF-S 55 - 250 mm f/4-5.6 lens, which is where the Canon DSLR range starts. One big issue I faced was the lack of tripod. I had to discard about 3-4 times the ones posted here. I had to play around a bit to find the right settings, even then, the photos are too noisy and I can't crop it beyond what I have posted. Of course, I have resized them too, to keep the file size down.

Another big flaw of my photos is in editing. I know nothing beyond what Picasa offers.

I always think; I was there, I shot it, may be people would like to see, not all of them are likely to be connoisseurs and that average photos are better than no photos .


This was how the sky was that night. The moon is just emerging from the eclipse, shot with Samsung S7:

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Super Blue Blood Moon 2018 - Photos

I was looking out to sea, but with bright street light behind me.

I'd love to have some sense of depth in the moon features. Mine are just shadow.

I'm happy that I saw it. And also enjoyed trying to get pics!
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Originally Posted by Darklord View Post I took some photographs of the event.
Oh wow wow wow! Amazing!!!
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