No eclipse…

By: Arjen Drost

Sep 28 2015

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Category: nature, Photography

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Focal Length:600mm
Shutter:1/80 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
full moon and clouds

A short break from the meeting with the Polar Bear brothers, but sometimes new pictures take priority. After my trip to Spitsbergen for the Solar eclipse this March, I now hoped to have a good look at the lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses are a lot easier to photograph as Solar ones, as they take a lot longer. You still have time to check some settings on the go, something you can’t really do with a Solar eclipse. However, one thing is the same for both, with clouds you won’t be able to see anything…

For me this is the image for last nights Lunar eclipse: a full moon partly covered by clouds. Conditions were reasonable good, right up to the moment when the Moon hit the Earth’s shadow. A couple of minutes before this happened, a thick layer of clouds appeared and that was the end of the visibility for me… During totality a few very tiny gaps appeared and I had some one second long views of the blood-red moon, but I didn’t manage to get any decent shots. Shortly after the totality ended and even the small gaps had disappeared again, it was around 6 a.m., I decided to call it a day and grab a few hours of sleep… This makes me even more grateful for the stunning weather we had during the Solar eclipse on Spitsbergen. But I would have loved to make a similar image as I had from the Solar eclipse… Well, you can’t have it all, can you?


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