A long night. Pictures not so great but….

I learned a lot about my camera and me. First, it’s cold and dark but not a stormy night. Sky was clear with occasional wisps of high cirrus clouds to shoot through. I couldn’t remember the settings to have a timed release and I don’t have a shutter cord so…  Of course, I thought that I could take a long shot with my gentle hand and not cause a vibration. It’s true, not a longgggg vibration, just a short one. I was shooting at a variety of settings. The full moon was low ISO, most around f/16. The full eclipse shots, I was using 1.5 seconds plus or minus a second with ISO 5000-8000. Most of those shots were messed up because of my fat finger. But, at least I learned something! Next time will be better. Oh wait, the next time is 2094. Oh well.

The first one is just as the eclipse is beginning. Shooting ISO 250, 340mm, f/14, 1/160.

Beginning of eclipse

Beginning of eclipse

This second one is where things were beginning to turn into not such good things because of vibration. I was adjusting so as to try for faster shutter speeds but was losing detail. The moon, however, was very cool. Sort of an orange, red. There were wispy cirrus clouds sort of muddying things up. This was ISO10000, 340mm, f/6.3, 1/8.

Just After Full Eclipse

Just After Full Eclipse

The last is quite a ways after the full eclipse is done. The moon is about half recovered. This was taken at ISO320, 340mm, f/6.3, 1/60.

Receding Eclipse

Receding Eclipse

Chris - December 24, 2010 - 7:17 pm

You’re such a good Papa!!! Great snaps!! I’ll have to see if I can send you the ones that my buddy Vicki took! Her cat got her up at 2AM (in Oklahoma) and the girl took some good shots with a simple camera! Sorry you were up all night!! Love ya!

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