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Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse by jon-rista Solstice Total Lunar Eclipse by jon-rista
Captured the Lunar Eclipse from early Wednesday morning, between midnight and around 2am. It was quite a sight, as I have never spent much time watching lunar eclipses in the past, and have never photographed them.

Numerous exposures were taken using my Canon EF 100-400mm L series lens and Canon Rebel XSi (450D), at 400mm and an aperture of f/5.6. Exposure times varied between 1/60th of a second through about 1 second as the luminance of the moon changed over the duration of th eclipse through totality. The shots here were 1/25, 1/4, 1/2, and 0.8 seconds, successively. ISO was set to 100, 200, 800, and 800, successively, to prevent blurring via motion, and keep shutter times as low as possible.
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HawkEagleWolf Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Photographer
Nicely done. :)
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TempusNemini Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
oh, i wasn't able to see the lunar eclipse as well, so i was looking for a good photos of it. thanks for sharing, it's really beautiful! :hug:
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JCFotografie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for posting this! I didn't go out and see it.

This one is the best series of photos I have seen of it. :clap:
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anniejo82 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Absolutely amazing! I unfortunately missed due to the cloudy condition where I was, but this photo definately makes up for. Thank You! :tighthug:
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ogiedomane Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
featured [link]
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Annabelle-Chabert Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010   Photographer
Fantastic scenary ! :clap:
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MrWitchblade Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
I missed it :(
In part, because I was on the wrong side of a hill!

Nicely caught :)
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Hi!
This amazing image is featured on my profile page [link] under the widget ID and "Amazing Images" on the right hand side. :heart: :iconadni18:
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x-Maya-x Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Beautiful!
Great shot..
I woke up really early to see it.. but it dint show up D=
But its nice to see it this way (=
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JocelyneR Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
Astonishing! Great work! :star:
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BinAmin Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
what a shot ! outstanding work !

:clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap::clap:
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :)
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geolio Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
nice. ! Need to darken the darks in the first image! borders showing in full view!
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. :)

I am not really certain what you are saying about the first one. I am working on a fully and meticulously calibrated system, from camera through my computer screen to my printer. There should be some slightly brownish orange glow to the lower right, and the rest should be barely discernible (although not entirely black). If it looks different, you might have your screen brightness up too high.
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geolio Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
the first 2 moons have the original crop edges . I can see a square that's rotated . the black inside this square is more pixelated grainy and noisy then the black on the rest of the image.
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You must have an extremely bright screen! :o I've cranked my brightness up as far as I can, and I can't see anything like that. I don't want to lose detail in the darker parts of the first two exposures, and without being able to see the grain myself, I can't really fix it much more than it is.
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LeMoN-BrIcK Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student Photographer
I missed out due to a snow storm so it's awesome to see this!!


Very well done!
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry to hear you missed it, but glad to hear you enjoyed seeing it here. :) Thank you very much.
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ArtByOlivia Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
very well done, i wish i got to witness this! :clap:
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. :) I hope you get to see it in person the next time it happens.
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Creative--Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Professional Photographer
Very nicely done! I love the contrast and color change over the period of time the shots were taken :)
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. I love the color/contrast change too...it was quite a sight. Capturing it was rather complex, too, as it was like trying to shoot a moving target. Every time I got my exposure right, I had to change it for the next shot.
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mermaidp-uke Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that is so awesome! My eclipse pictures suck XD
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you much. :) As for taking pictures, don't worry too much. It is pretty difficult to photograph the moon without the right equipment (namely, a nice DSLR and a good telescope). I was barely able to get these shots with some pretty expensive gear, and they barely make the cut! :o
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mermaidp-uke Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh yeaa I don't have any of that fancy stuff >.> good job though :meow:
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leilani-m Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Amazing :) Wonderful capture :)
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :)
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Roses-to-Ashes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh HOW cool!!!! <jealous> It was cloudy here so I couldn't see it :( but great shots and the way you put it together is wonderful!!! :clap:
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :) Sorry you missed it...hope you get a chance next time one rolls around. Its quite a sight (although bring something for your neck...you gotta look STRAIT up. ;))
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Kitty-Yasashii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Marvelous. I had the pleasure of being able to watch this event. It was at most 30 degrees outside that night around 2-3 am, but I must say that I found the whole thing very much worth it.
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a great pleasure indeed! Ditto about the cold...it must have been about 15 degrees with the wind chill out by Castlewood Canyon State Park in Colorado where I took the shots. I could hop out, take one or two shots, then would have to hop back in the car and turn on the heat to stave off the bone-chilling cold! :o
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Kitty-Yasashii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, yeah, that weather sounds dreadful. But at least you got some great shots. :)
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sometimes you just have to brave nature's...darker side. ;)
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Kitty-Yasashii Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
Lol, yeah.
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panda69680102 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes me :(... We didn't get to see it because of the snow. Man I would have loved to be able to see it though. We haven't had a lunar eclipse on Yule since 1638. That means there won't be another Yule like that in our life times. :( Probably never a more powerful day either. :)
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry to hear you couldn't see it. I hope my meager little shots have given you somewhat of a glimpse of what it was like. I do have to say, it kind of looks better in a photo...it was tough looking STRAIT up to see the moon, and it was a lot...smaller, up there. ;) Its been about 380 years since your last eclipse...about how long since our last solstice eclipse. Maybe one is coming your way soon!
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panda69680102 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The one is 1638 was the last one on Yule (or the winter solstice). There is a partial eclipse every once and a while, but I think it has been a while since the last total eclipse here... I don't remember when the last one was. :(. This is such an awesome collection of shots though.
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry, I meant last "solstice"/"yule" eclipse...it was about 380 years since our last one as well. Thank you so much for the kind comments. :)
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panda69680102 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :)
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raindogz Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I couldn't see because of cloud cover, but you did a fantastic job with the image, well done.
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. I was really worried we would get clouded out, as there were some storms moving around the Colorado Rockies that night. Outside of a few very thin, light clouds that passed over a couple times, it was a brilliantly clear, crisp, and wicked cold night. I count myself extremely blessed to have had the chance to photograph it. :)
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1001G Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
awesome
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :)
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Darkillusion333 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
I couldn't see because of clouds :( but this makes up for it so thank you! :D
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry you couldn't see it. I'm glad you feel this made up for it. ;) I will say, it was tough looking at it in person...the moon was strait overhead, and it was quite tiny. Still have a crick in my neck from staring up at it. I have had more fun looking at the photos than looking at it in person.
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stalkingmoon Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Very well done. It's not as easy as it looks to keep the moon from blurring. Hopefully you were in a warm climate.
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much. It is indeed a very difficult task to photograph the moon. I was quite lucky to have an image stabilized lens at my disposal, without which I don't think I would have been able to get any one of these shots. I'm glad you like them. :) As for the weather...bitter, bitter cold that forced me back into the car every 1-2 shots...but it was well worth it. ;D
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Roo-PG Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Wow looks like Mars

:( I missed it, it was to cloudy
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jon-rista Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
HA! I'm glad someone else things that, as I keep thinking the same thing...it was kind of an eerie feeling watching it, thinking about another planet hundreds of millions of miles away. Hopefully you will get to see it next time one rolls around. Its quite a sight...but bring a neck brace, you gotta look strait up! ;)
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sandcastler Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Nice! It was cloudy where I was and I missed it!
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