Moon Photo's- May's Total Lunar Eclipse

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  1. DarkEyes

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    Hello all. Here is my first submission. It comprises the 4 original Images used to create the final sequence. I used an old Nikon SLR (not sure which model, but know it's about 19 years old), telephoto lens set at 300mm, with a 2x converter. I used Kodak max ISO 400 film. Exposure times and aperture settings varied depending on the phase of the eclipse.

    (1) Full Moon:
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    (2) Mid Eclipse:
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    (3) 3/4 Eclipse:
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    (4) Totality:
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    (5) Sequence:
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    The negatives were scanned onto computer using a Canon 3200F scanner, at 1200dpi. images were cropped to minimize file size, but that is the extent of the alteration to images 1,2,3 & 4.

    The sequence was created by matching the moons size for frames 2,3 & 4 to that of the full moon (Image 1), as that image had the most detail. The images wer then placed on a black background, and properly aligned. after a bit of proccesing, I managed the results seen in the sequence.

    The size of the seqeunce was altered from a 2700 x 1801 13.9MB Bitmap image to a 1350 x 900 76KB JPEG file, so considerable image quality has been lost. This was done to minimize upload time.
     
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    Very cool!!
     
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    Love that sequence shot! That deserves a big print in a frame on the wall!
     
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    That is absolutely gorgeous! And I love how you've described how you came to the composition. That's something I can learn from. Thank you.
     
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    300mm...
    I wish I have one. ..
    Good Photos, Thanks
     
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    the sequence shot is very nicely done. I can only image the detail of a print with the full file.

    Excellent work.
     
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    Wow!! This is wonderful work. Each moon shot is very good on its own, but together in the sequence shot, why, you have poster-quality stuff here. I absolutely love it - great job!!

    And yes....I envy you that telephoto lens, as well. :wink: It sure did right by you here.
     
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    nice!
     
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    cool
     
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    Very
     
  11. DarkEyes

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    Thanks Every one!

    And yes, 'Shark,' I do have a large 'matt' print (8"x 12") on my wall in a frame! ($40 Aus. Later). :lol:

    P.S. That 300mm? It's not mine.Nor's the Camera. I borrowed the gear from my dad. I'm saving for my own stuff at the moment. Will probably have my own Nikon D70 with 18-70mm lens by end of year. Im opting for this Camera over the EOS 300D Because I'll still be able to use me dad's lens' with it.

    I took the photo's because the lunar Eclipse gave me an opportunity to Merge my two favourite hobbies- Astronomy and photography. Because of the high level of light pollution in my city (and most others), The moon is by far the easiest Astronomical object to photgraph. Untill I can afford a Decent Telescope however, I do not intend on doing more Astrophotography.
     
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    Very well done!
    Really would make a good wall hanger.
     

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