Tuesday, December 21, 2010

December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

I was going to take a break and resume blog posting after the New Year, but who could resist making pictures of the total lunar eclipse? This is the first that I have taken pictures of so I am very happy that it was a very clear night. It almost froze my fingers off but it was worth it.

I used mirror lock up so that I will get tack-sharp pictures. I used a cable release also so that I didn't have to touch the camera to trigger it. I used manual focus because that camera had a hard time looking for something to focus on. However, the cold weather (around 30degF) made my hands shiver so much and that added to the difficulty of focusing. For the shot with the leaves, I used a flash light to light up the leaves while maintaining the aperture and shutter speed settings as is. For all the shots, I used a "Sunny" white balance setting. There are no edits done on the photos except for cropping and noise reduction in some of the high-ISO shots.

December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

Equipment used in making the shots:

Canon Eos 7D
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6
Canon Cable release
Benro Tripod and ballhead

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