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The lunar eclipse of a super-moon #photography


It’s not quite a full moon yet, but I took a few shots at the moon last night to get some idea of camera settings for Monday’s event. The eclipse in the UK should be between 1 am and 3 am on Monday morning.

I tried manual and aperture priority. I did this shot on manual. On aperture priority, I tried F8 and got a reasonable result, but it was a little too bright. So I tried F8 on manual and kept increasing the shutter speed until I got a good shot.

When I edited this shot I still had to adjust the contrast and brightness. More contrast and a little less bright. I think a little cloud would actually improve the shot.

I just held my camera but if you can put it on a tripod or a monopod that might work out better. I rested my camera on the window frame. I was shooting out of an open window. I’m not sure if I can do that on Monday, the moon will be in a different position.

If you set your camera on multiple shots and can keep the camera still, you could put your images together to make an animated GIF of the eclipse. It’s a nice idea, but I’m not sure if I can keep the camera in the same position for 2 hours.

I used a 55 – 300mm lens for this shot. Some bridge cameras might be better with their better zoom. I set the camera for a large picture, 6000 pixels by 4000 pixels, so I was able to crop the image to give a good close up of the moon.

I think my image looks good on a black background. There is no noise too because I set the ISO at 100. I think with this type of shot where the moon can be quite bright, an ISO of 100 is probably better. Different cameras will give different results, so get a little practice tonight.

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