Lunar Eclipse

by Bethany Plonski January. 21, 2019 603 views

Lately the moon has been so bright it has woken me up. Around 3-4 in the morning, it shines at an angle through the top of our bedroom windows directly onto our faces while we sleep.

Last night, we were lucky to have a clear sky and a good view of the eclipse from our deck. The only drawback was that it was one of the coldest nights we’ve had all winter. I guess I've lived in the South too long now because I could only stand to be out there for a few minutes at a time, and my patience with the tripod didn’t last very long. In a little while, I folded it up, switched to handheld, and made myself a cup of hot tea to sip while I went back and forth inside and outside.

Into the umbra

Into the umbra

I’ve only taken night photos a few times, so I had to read a few articles on shooting the moon beforehand. The biggest help was knowing to use a telephoto lens and to set the camera’s meter on spot mode, not matrix. Obviously, things can get a lot more artistic than what I have here, but I'll have to explore that on another night when I'm not shivering! This was my first time seeing an eclipse at night, and it definitely sparked my interest in night photography and made me want to pay more attention to what’s going on in the sky.

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Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

Fantastic shots! Can't believe that was your first try!
I had set up my tripod, and my husband went out and mounted his camera on itsmile , so I pretty much just played around and took hand held shots.
He's lucky I have a good sense of humor...
Thanks for sharing!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Laurie Madsen 1 year ago

Thank you, Laurie! I was really surprised how well they turned out, but I think it helped to have a good lens. And I can't believe you were brave enough to be outside at night where you live - now that's dedication!

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Russell Smith 1 year ago

#4 Quite stunning .

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year ago

Thank you! I love the colors there too, and it was amazing how much darker it got outside once the shadow started covering most of the moon.

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year ago

#4outstanding photo, very cool

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year ago

Thanks, Pete! That was the coolest part, watching it go through the color change. smile

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George Kunschman 1 year ago

Great captures! Congrats!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to George Kunschman 1 year ago

Thank you! I was happy with how they turned out.

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Bill Baird 1 year ago

Great job !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year ago

Thanks, Bill!smile

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Joe Zink 1 year ago

Wonderful photos, Bethany!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 1 year ago

Thank you, Joe! Glad you liked them. smile

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Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Perfect captures

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year ago

Thanks, Antonio! It was a good learning experience. smile

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Sherry Hill 1 year ago

beautiful captures.. i dream of getting a moon shot like that.. i think you've given me a summer project.. smile..

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 1 year ago

Thanks, Sherry! Summer would be a much better time for it, especially in your neck of the woods! I'd love to get some long exposures of the stars at some point too, but that will be a warmer weather project for sure...

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Heike 1 year ago

Fantastic shot Bethany! For me it was too early in the morning and after we had already a bloodmoon in summer, I prefered to stay in the warm bed. smile And I was sure somebody elese from pb would get up and take some photos...so why getting up when others do so.wink

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Heike 1 year ago

Thanks, Heike! If the timing had been like that for me, I would have stayed warm and asleep too! smile

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Lee Santiva 1 year ago

Wow. Great shots, nice color.  I didn't think such shots were possible without high-tech NASA-type gear. What kind of Lens did you use?

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year ago

Thank you, I was so surprised by the detail it captured as well! I used a Nikon 70-300 mm telephoto (and of course cropped it a bit). It's been a great lens for pretty much any situation I've tried with it.

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Greg Blaney 1 year ago

Nice shots, Bethany. Apparently, this was called a Super Blood Wolf Moon. Super because it's the closest the moon gets to Earth in its yearly orbits, Blood because of its red colour (caused by the eclipse), Wolf because it's the first full moon of the year (an Indigenous term) and Moon because, well, it's the Moon. You've captured it well.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year ago

Thank you, Greg! I think it deserves a fun name like that when there are so many cool things happening simultaneously. grinning

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Andi Saw 1 year ago

Amazing  job! blue heart

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Andi Saw 1 year ago

Thank you! blue heart It was fun to do, even though it was really cold out. Oh! And I may be emailing you later tonight with some orchid questions!

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Andi Saw Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago
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Pete 1 year ago

lovely set. We did not have any of that here in the South

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete 1 year ago

Thank you! smile Glad to share it with you then. I love that Photoblog gives a glimpse into so many places in the world.

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Björn Roose 1 year ago

#4 came out really nice. Cold blue-ish and warm orange-ish, with some detail. Good work !smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year ago

Thank you! That’s my favorite one too. The full red moon was also nice, but something about the mix of cool and warm colors made #4 seem so surreal.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Beautifull,nice work

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year ago

Thank you! It was a beautiful thing to see!

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Jay Boggess 1 year ago

WOW!!! Great shots! Thanks for catching these while I slept, so I wouldn't miss them!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Thank you, Jay! smile It started around 9:30 here, so it was a perfect time to catch it.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

Glad you caught it so perfectly & were generous enough to share it with us! Bravo!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Aww, thank you. I can't say it was entirely magnanimous, because I also needed to observe the eclipse for an assignment, but I'm glad to share anyway! grinning

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

Nothing like getting two birds with one stone! Good for You!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

smile Yep, a win win!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year ago

smile+1
It's off to bed for me!
Big doin's' tomorrow, early!
Sweet dreams!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year ago

Thanks, Jay! Have fun!

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