Super Blue Blood Moon shots

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by AlwaysOnAuto, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    I'll be the first to admit it. I suck at shooting the moon.
    Got up at 3:30 or so this AM and went down to the shore to see if I could get any good shots.
    These are the best of the bunch.
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    Not sure it was worth freezing my butt off, but at least I can say I saw it and tried.
    My Nikon TC-200 2x extender didn't help much on the Nikkor 300 4.5 lens. I tried both the Nex-7 and A7ii. These shots are from the A7ii without the TC-200 in place.
    At times I just stood there, listening to the pounding surf and thinking what must the humans back in 1866 thought of this sight, if they even noticed it at all.
    Please feel free to add your own pictures of this event to this thread if you want.
     
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  2. TedG954

    TedG954 TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2014
    South Florida and NE Ohio
    Ted Gersdorf
    No color on the East Coast


    1-30-2018  Blood Blue Moon  1_01.JPG
     
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  3. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Cloudy here. :shakehead:
     
  4. roundball

    roundball TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    USA
    Just a bright full moon in a clear sky last night and no way I was going out at midnight with temps in the teens :)
     
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  5. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    You guys/gals in cold country will laugh at me. It was 47* out when I got up this morning. For us here in So Cal, that's fairly cool if not down right cold. After standing around in that temp, pushing the button on my remote, playing with the settings, trying to get a good exposure, after taking my last shot, I was cold to the core. I'm just glad I remembered all the way back to my college days when we'd go up to Julian and the observatory for a night of star gazing. I wore my longjohns today and was still cold. Wouldn't have lasted an hour if I hadn't. How do you guys do it?
     
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  6. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    It's all what you are used to I guess. I hate longjohns since I was a child and never wear them, usually just a pair of jeans unless I am blowing snow.

    It was in the upper 40s here yesterday. I think they are a little crazy too, but some people around here get on their shorts and t-shirts when that happens.

    It is a lot colder today and temps are falling as a clipper is moving in.
     
  7. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    I setup this morning next to a gent that looked like a seasoned photog. Had his camp chair next to his tripod with an extra camera hanging off it, thermos of what I suspect was coffee at his feet. The breeze came up just a tad and I was wishing I had a hood to cover my ears. He had a hoodie under his jacket. In talking to him, he volunteered that he had a trip to Iceland planned for later in the year. He bought all kinds of cold weather gear for that trip, but it was all at home today. I think he wished he had tested it out instead of leaving it for the trip.
     
  8. johnson4096

    johnson4096 TalkEmount Regular

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    Dec 23, 2016
    Dan Johnson
    nothing but thick clouds here
     
  9. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    I was out there early this morning attempting to shoot the eclipse. At first, I packed 3 bags of gear and a tripod to hike up a 300 ft. plateau that I had done for the last lunar eclipse in 90F temps. The clouds killed that plan. I think I was overly ambitious in my pursuit anyway. :D Imagine a middle-aged guy, loaded down like a pack mule with a head lamp trying to hike a 1/2-mile rutted gravel trail, in the dark and cold. :p What was I thinking?? Well, the pics of the Blood Moon over Phoenix would've been wonderful. :-(

    The clouds did give way when the moon began full red eclipse. So, I set up in the backyard and stood out there for over an hour. Even with a down jacket on and cap, I was freezing and shivering by the end of it. And those aluminum tripods are no fun with bare hands! Nor big aluminum lenses.
    I guess I've gotten acclimated to the heat of the desert. And no longer have the thick skin for the cold. Funny, given the fierce Montreal and New England winters I used to put up with.

    You asked, how do we do it....well, back in Montreal...Thermax ski long underwear, wool socks, ski gloves, Northface Arctic rated parka, Kamik -30 rated waterproof boots, and what the locals all seem to have, insulated pants, like ski pants. I've not experienced cold like that before, and must have did something to my brain as I retreated to the southwest desert! LOL! Now I'm resembling a shriveled piece of bacon during the Summer. :D

    Tip: Get yourself one of those polar fleece skull caps. You lose a lot of body heat through your head. They also keep the ears warm. Layering clothes is better than one thick coat. You can strip the layers as necessary, especially in CA. These will allow you to stay comfortable longer as you pursue that photo moment.
    That fellow's thermos of hot coffee is a good idea...as long as the bladder stays patient. ;)
     
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  10. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Here are a few of mine from the lunar event. Cloudy conditions during the start obscured the eclipse, but cleared up during the Blood Moon totality.
    I used my Pentax S-M-C Takumar 500-f/4.5 for its wider aperture and the higher contrast of a conventional refractor. And my Rubinar 1000mm Reflex for reach.

    1. 99.9% full on Tues. night, but we had high cloud cover over Phoenix. Hazy but the Pentax yielded a decent capture.

    39987240082_5af6a3f1f1_o. Super Blue Moon Jan. 30th 2018 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    2. 5 am and the eclipse began but I discover the western horizon with drifting clouds! Shots from the Rubinar 1000 of the Moon eaten by the initial shadow.

    25150161547_9fdca7caa7_k. 2018-01-31 05-04-42_074_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    3.
    25150158307_00b618cc13_k. 2018-01-31 05-24-48_076_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    4.
    39122834755_2ae79c3a00_k. 2018-01-31 05-35-22_102_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    5.
    39122833945_b79fbfe40d_k. 2018-01-31 05-37-02_111_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    6.
    39122830105_9f8cf56396_k. 2018-01-31 05-40-00_124_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    7.
    39122827785_f8c8912957_k. 2018-01-31 05-51-20_129_Rubinar 1000mm f10 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    8. Now the Moon was too dim for the f/10 of the Rubinar and I switched to the Pentax and it's f/4.5. ISO was up at 3200, so the noise couldn't be helped.
    The Blood Moon reveals itself as the clouds clear away.
    40020639991_c65732b382_k. 2018-01-31 06-01-00_163_Pentax S-M-C Takumar 500mm f4.5 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr

    9. Next night of the Full Moon, Jan 31st. Clear night, perfect Sun-Moon-Earth position for the most details I've seen. Rubinar 1000mm....
    39122823185_e8d4b0f9bd_o. Super Blue Moon Jan. 31st 2018 by wNG iMAGE aND dESIGN, on Flickr
     
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  11. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Incredible, Will!
     
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  12. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Thank you David!
     
  13. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 17, 2015
    Nice work Will!
    I wish I could get details like that out of my 300+ext'r but I don't think it's possible.
    Guess I'll just have to put a 500 mirror lens on my 'have to have it' list.

    As far as the cold goes, I was layered up pretty well. Shouldn't have worn my SDSU baseball cap though. Should have taken my all black non-logo'd wool one instead, and a scarf for around my neck. Even that little bit of breeze was killer on the ears.
     
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  14. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    "Stellar" as usual Will! ;)
     
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  15. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Thank you, gentlemen!
     
  16. adammaniam

    adammaniam New to TalkEmount

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    Nov 1, 2017
    My shot of the eclipse in progress, from Singapore.

    Taken with an Olympus EM-10mk1 with the 40-150 2.8 and MC-14 at 210mm (420mm FOV on FF). Cropped.

    If this is not allowed, admin, please remove it.
    P1310877-5.
     
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  17. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Shots taken with Olympus cameras are allowed. But cropping? Never! :cautious:

    Great shot, adammaniam! :thumbup:
     
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  18. adammaniam

    adammaniam New to TalkEmount

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    Nov 1, 2017
    In that case I had better start saving up for a 600mm prime then! Thanks :)
     
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  19. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Veteran

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    Bert Cheney
    I think the rule is that they are allowed, but no matter how good the image is, they cannot be rated "winner."

    I do not think I have welcomed you here adammaniam, so welcome! And thanks for sharing!
     
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  20. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Will
    Seems you can rate them as winner... :hmmm: I assume you were making a joke, Bert? o_O
     
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