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Lunar eclipse pics

I was happy with the way my photos came out. Really wish I had more zoom though. I used my D40 for most of these, but used my new/cheap L11 as it had a tad more zoom and some of them actually came out (and the tiny camera can be mounted on a tripod). Trick for me was to really dial down the exposure (like, way back), use the IR remote to trigger the shutter (timer for the tiny camera) and just experiment with lots of pictures. I took about 100, but got it down to about 16. Another tricky part was the clouds that were rolling in and out. Fortunately there were several breaks. Flickr is pretty sluggish at the moment (gee, I wonder why?), so be patient if they don't load initially. Here are few of my favorites...

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joebehrsandiego
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for these, Joe, and for giving me a heads-up on the event itself.

It was magical watching it out here tonight in the desert. The stars that came out as the moon dimmed ... it was like a sci-fi movie scene.

We'll see how my pics turn out ...
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, a LOT of city lights around here. Would have to drive pretty far to get away from them.

G'night...
coryblank
Feb. 21st, 2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your photos with us, Joe! Very cool!
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Thank you, sir! Have a great night.
sibertater
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
I
hate
you.

And when you see my pictures, you'll know why. Mine are douchetastic and it was 17˚ outside when I was trying to take mine. Ug. I'm stealing yours.

snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Feel free to copy--you are approved. :)

However, I must say that another LJ friend of mine, mikiedoggie just posted some amazing photos himself this evening that makes me look like I took mine with a Fisher-Price camera. He's a great photographer.
(no subject) - sibertater - Feb. 21st, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) - Expand
bookish_cub
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)
Very cool.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Wish I had more zoom! I'll have to budget for that in 2010.
(no subject) - bookish_cub - Feb. 24th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC) - Expand
paterson_si
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:09 am (UTC)
neat!!!! really nice.... I wish i were able to stay awake till 4am...... and do some pictures here

and now all the waiting till Dec 2010 when it's going to happen again :)
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
Lazy! :p

I do remember when I was just a kid and staying up watching a total lunar eclipse--so cool.
(no subject) - paterson_si - Feb. 21st, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
mellowtigger
Feb. 21st, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)
Yours turned out better than mine. Very nice. :)
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks! You were braver than me since you endured -7°F (was 50°F here).
geometrician
Feb. 21st, 2008 11:52 am (UTC)
Nice! Thanks for sharing these.

I've often thought about a telescope with a camera attachment. But then, once you take photos of all the cool stuff your telescope can see... then what?
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
I know 1 or 2 people who did invest in some equipment in preparation for this event. I did not have the dough and, like you said, when would you use it again?
bearinslc
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:22 pm (UTC)
Some pretty good photo's Joe.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jeff! I liked your photos too (oops, forgot to leave you a comment on those).
zavyn
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Great job!
It was too cloudy where I was for pictures. Glad you got these!
snowboardjoe
Feb. 21st, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Great job!
Yep, it was hit or miss on taking the shots. There were several times where I had everything lined perfectly to catch it, and then, "poof", where did it go? I would have taken more, bit it got much cloudier and it was getting chilly.
healingdrysuits
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
I almost went out to take pics myself. Those are some nice ones Joe. I was too busy cleaning dishes....but I did run the kids out for a break in the clouds to take a quick look. Zoe was amazed that it was the Earth's shadow.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
Thanks! It was pretty cool to see it. Just wish I could capture it as well as my eye could see it. Amazing how difficult it can be to make photography capture what the human eye really sees sometimes.
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bear_left
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'll take a closer look when I'm not late for class preparations (bad BearLeft! Work!), but on a first glance, these look wonderful. Thanks for the reminders about this all, and glad to text with you through the fun. My career in astronomy ended before it began, but even so, the magic that drew me there in the first place was just as strong as ever last night.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
It was all cool and it was nice to share it with someone albeit via SMS. :)
mikiedoggie
Feb. 21st, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)
Nice job, bud. I particularly like the second one with the clouds streaking.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)
Thanks, but they don't look nearly as cool as yours. :p
jss1113
Feb. 21st, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
> Really wish I had more zoom though.

Don't have any zoom, but I think I can get you some sesame street or electric company instead.

Nice shots.
snowboardjoe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Thanks!

Zoom? Oh, my, dear, I think you just dated yourself. :p
(no subject) - jss1113 - Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:55 am (UTC) - Expand
wooferstl
Feb. 21st, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
These pictures ROCK!
snowboardjoe
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:53 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks Mr. Woofer! That means a lot coming from you. :)
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