As luck would have it, the skies cleared up this evening for us to be able to view and appreciate the lunar eclipse. What makes this eclipse so special is that it coincides with the winter solstice, an event that hasn’t happened since 1632. Seeing an opportunity to photograph such a rare event, I hurriedly set up my gear just in time for the first phase at 10.37pm PST.
As far as my settings for the camera, here is what I used.
ISO100, 1/200 sec at f8. The focal length was 200mm but due to the 7D’s crop factor (1.6x) and the Tamron 1.4x Teleconverter, I ended up with a focal range of roughly 450mm. Not bad! The following images shows the setup and the remaining shots show the eclipse’ trajectory. The images are not black and white. They are in full color but it does appear as if they were shot in black and white.
Another total lunar eclipse will occur on Dec. 10 and will be visible over the western half of North America before moonset. For the next total lunar eclipse that will be visible across all of North America, we must wait until April 14 to April 15, 2014.
This image is the full crop of the 7D. It’s a bit soft which I think is mainly due to the teleconverter. Otherwise, it’s a great shot I think. There are so much textures that are visible in this frame alone.
‘Lunar Eclipse is written and photographed by a dear friend of mine known online by the name Rikki Dy-Liacco. You can find him here: Photos by Rikki. Check out his site he’s a terrific photographer and geek to know!