Anyone Interested in Photography Mini-Guide for Lunar Eclipse?

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by astrostu, Jan 2, 2008.

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Are you interested in a guide for eclipse photography?

Poll closed Mar 2, 2008.
  1. Yes!

    93.0%
  2. Nope.

    4.7%
  3. Don't care.

    2.3%
  1. astrostu

    astrostu Guest

    We have an upcoming total lunar eclipse in late February (20th). After very successfully photographing the last one (if I do say so myself), I have two questions:

    (1) Are people interested in me writing a small-ish manual on how to photograph a lunar eclipse? Vote in the attached poll!

    (2) Is anyone who's successfully done this in the past interested in contributing? Basically, I plan on writing a few pages'-worth on the basics of set-up and exposure details, but it will be based entirely upon my own camera system and post-processing methods, and some others may be useful. If you're interested in contributing, please let me know on this thread and/or PM.

    The guide would be posted most likely as a thread, a link on my own website (and anyone who contributed), and/or as a TPF article of interest ... within the next 2-3 weeks.


    UPDATE: The Guide is in version 1.0 status and is posted HERE. Download your copy (2.5 MB, 18 pages) and let me know what'cha think. And it's out just in time for next week's full moon!
     
  2. kundalini

    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I have yet to get a shot that I am happy of the moon. After some reading I discovered the biggest problem was using a long exposure. I live out in the boonies with practicly no ambient light and desparately want to get it right.

    I have a Nikkor 300mm f/4, a 70-200mm f/2.8 and a 1.7x TC. Surely I can get something decent. Please help! Any advice prior to the event for practice will also be helpful.
     
  3. astrostu

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    P.S. This is a small (1/8 size) version of my montage from last August's eclipse.

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  4. azruial

    azruial TPF Noob!

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    Beautiful ^_^

    I can't vote on the poll because I have too few total posts on the forums, but I would definitely appreciate a tutorial for shooting the moon/eclipse!
     
  5. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    For the record I voted yes although I already know how to take the photos and what to do with them for presentation:
    http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1080/1272780397_01aaa49c70_b.jpg

    But the amount of people who thought I was doing black magic to get a photo of the moon like that really does show the need for such a tutorial. I'll be happy to peer-review it if you want, or add any content you need. Shoot me a PM with info. :)
     
  6. Atropine

    Atropine TPF Noob!

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    That was a really nice photo though I would have cropped it slightly in the upper part making the sequence more "infinite". Apparently I am not allowed to vote, but I would love to see a tutorial. :thumbup:
     
  7. Alex_B

    Alex_B No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I posted some of mine from the last Eclipse some while ago ... I was dead drunk when I did the images ;)

    (actually i got drunk out of frustration that we had full cloud coverage on the elclipse night, but then suddenly the clouds disappeared ... )

    Anyway, some of mine turned out really nice, but many where rubbish. Now I am not sure if this was because I was so drunk or just lack of knowledge :p.

    Anyway, the first 20 frames I shot were shot without a CF card inserted, and mounting the lens on the tripod was very complicated that night ;)

    in any case i voted yes because i want to know how other people do it, who know better what they are doing than I do.
     
  8. astrostu

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    Thought I'd give an update - the Guide is 11 pages long at the moment and I've almost finished the first draft. The sections are (where > indicates a sub-section):

    The Science of Lunar Eclipses - What's Going On
    > Orbital Information
    > Stages of a Lunar Eclipse
    > Why You Can See the Moon During a Total Eclipse & Why It's Red
    Equipment Needed/Recommended to Photograph a Lunar Eclipse
    > 1. Camera with Manual Settings
    > 2. Tripod
    > 3. Telephoto Lens
    > 4. Mount that Tracks the Sky
    How to Photograph the Moon … Out of Eclipse (Normal Full Moon)
    How to Photograph the Moon … During Partial Umbral Eclipse
    How to Photograph the Moon … During Totality
    How to Process the Photographs … Out of Eclipse
    How to Process the Photographs … Partial Umbral Eclipse
    How to Process the Photographs … Totality
    Putting it All Together - The Final Product
    Additional Photographing / Processing Tip: Image Arithmetic
    Copyright Notice
     
  9. Aquarium Dreams

    Aquarium Dreams TPF Noob!

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    Unless it tells how to shoot through clouds or includes a plane ticket, it will do me no good.
     
  10. astrostu

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    I don't mean to offend you, but I want to let you know that after spending a few hours on this already for those who do want it, your post is really obnoxious. :er:
     
  11. Aquarium Dreams

    Aquarium Dreams TPF Noob!

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    It's just coincidence that my post is the first and only one after your summary of the work you've done so far on the guide. I was responding to the thread title, not your post, and wasn't disparaging your expertise, simply bemoaning the fact that it's usually cloudy where I live. Poor timing for an off-the-cuff comment, I guess. I'll probably read your guide now, though, just because I'm superstitious.
     
  12. Sideburns

    Sideburns TPF Noob!

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    It's a joke. You know...irony....all that kind of stuff.

    I'm sure everyone is interested.
     

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