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Old 16th June 2011, 11:25   #1
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I looked around, but didn't find any and did not see even a single picture of the above. So, I started. Posting a few pictures of the Lunar Eclipse. Picture quality is not so good because of dust/foggy like conditions interspersed with scatterred cloud formation.


Time: 00:07:44
Shutter: 4 Sec
Aperture: F11
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Time: 00:09:20
Shutter: 15 Sec
Aperture: F18
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Time: 00:17:44
Shutter: 30 Sec
Aperture: F8
Focal Length: 24mm (D300 with 24~70mm f/2.8)

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Time: 00:25:31
Shutter: 20 Sec
Aperture: F11
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Time: 00:30:26
Shutter: 30 Sec
Aperture: F20
Focal Length: 80mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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95% covered

Time: 00:48:46
Shutter: 5 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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97% covered

Time: 00:49:34
Shutter: 6 Sec
Aperture: F3.5
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Almost there. The stars in the vicinity became visible

Time: 00:53:21
Shutter: 5 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Totality

Time: 01:13:42
Shutter: 5 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Totality

Time: 02:25:40
Shutter: 5 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 125mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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The begining of the end

Time: 02:35:44
Shutter: 5 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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The earth shadow gradually going away at a speed of 1Km per second

Time: 02:41:17
Shutter: 6 Sec
Aperture: F3.2
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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A deliberate long exposure to show how the shadow races across the moon surface

Time: 02:47:18
Shutter: 30 Sec
Aperture: F7.1
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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The last shot as the show was coming to an end. I was tired, cold and attacked continuously by mosquitoes.

Time: 02:49:43
Shutter: 8 Sec
Aperture: F2.8
Focal Length: 200mm (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8)

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Old 16th June 2011, 11:48   #2
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excellent coverage of the eclipse. Yes there were no posts on this however i presume some of them may come in the news papers.

The snap where the eclipse is total is good!
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Very good pictures. Any explanation for the moon turning red ? and from which did you snap these pictures?
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Thanks.. Newspapers shall carry tomorrow morning as when the eclipse started, the papers were already gone for print.

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excellent coverage of the eclipse. Yes there were no posts on this however i presume some of them may come in the news papers.

The snap where the eclipse is total is good!

Thanks. The moon didn't turn red. It is more kind of copperish - orangish. This is the colour the moon takes during a total Lunar Eclipse.

The details of the equipment used is given with the exif of each picture..

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thats an excellent coverage and nice shots ! Nikon or Canon ?
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Thank you. If you read carefully the exif, you shall see the equipment description there - (D300 with 80~200mm f/2.8). Alphabet preceding a number denotes it is a Nikon.

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thats an excellent coverage and nice shots ! Nikon or Canon ?
Thank you..

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Guru ji. Looks like the resolution was achieved successfully.

Excellent shots. Its always tricky to click the moon. Liked the copper red moon.
I clicked a few till midnight.
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GD Sir, Beautifull pics. I am glad that you could manage some, rather very nice photographs, even with the cloud and the haze.

A series from my side (click on the picture to make it bigger)
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wonderful shots Guru ji. A collage from shots I took today early morning :P

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gd1418, pretty neat shots. Thanks.

OT, I could see a Prime in one of shots Guess it is going to start soon.
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Good Grab. In Bangalore it was too cloudy and were not able to look at the Moon, but however had a Super opportunity to watch the complete Lunar Eclipse via Google Doodle. They had a live Telecast of the same.
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Thanks KP, but I'm not satisfied with the output. The elements conspired.. I was surprised to find that kind of dust/haze even at that height.

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Guru ji. Looks like the resolution was achieved successfully.

Excellent shots. Its always tricky to click the moon. Liked the copper red moon.
I clicked a few till midnight.
Thanks Deky. It was tough taking pictures in those conditions. Your collage looks great

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GD Sir, Beautifull pics. I am glad that you could manage some, rather very nice photographs, even with the cloud and the haze.

A series from my side (click on the picture to make it bigger)
Thanks rk. That's an amazing collage you've made. On aspect intrigues me - you & I, both stay in Gurgaon, share the same skyline & conditions, but you get crisp & clear pics, while I encounter dust/haze on the 16th floor of my high rise?

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wonderful shots Guru ji. A collage from shots I took today early morning :P

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Thanks Tandon. I did not quite understand your OT comment.

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gd1418, pretty neat shots. Thanks.

OT, I could see a Prime in one of shots Guess it is going to start soon.
Thanks GreenDay...

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Good Grab. In Bangalore it was too cloudy and were not able to look at the Moon, but however had a Super opportunity to watch the complete Lunar Eclipse via Google Doodle. They had a live Telecast of the same.

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Thanks KP, but I'm not satisfied with the output. The elements conspired.. I was surprised to find that kind of dust/haze even at that height.

Thanks GreenDay...
Long exposures(longer than 6-7 seconds will come out blurred with a long lens. This is due to earths rotation
however, your shorter exposures(3-4 seconds) are blurred due camera shake.
I think you put your camera on tripod and clicked?
Did you use a wired release?
Did you lock the mirror up? Mirror slap can cause significant vibration problems for shots upto 2-3 seconds.
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A nice video explaining why the moon looks red during eclipse.
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The cam was on tripod. Wind speed 26 kmph. The shake could be due to that.

I did not use the cable release. Put it on timer. The mirror wasn't locked. Could be one of the reasons..

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Long exposures(longer than 6-7 seconds will come out blurred with a long lens. This is due to earths rotation
however, your shorter exposures(3-4 seconds) are blurred due camera shake.
I think you put your camera on tripod and clicked?
Did you use a wired release?
Did you lock the mirror up? Mirror slap can cause significant vibration problems for shots upto 2-3 seconds.
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