5 Hours of… uh, Photography

Setting up started for me at midnight. It takes a lot to set up a shoot like this and it’s not just about a camera and a tripod. Essential amenities are: comfortable chair, good music, snacks and freshly brewed coffee. Not to mention lots of water to keep hydrated all throughout. Now that everything is in place the waiting game begins.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s really boring sitting there just staring up at the sky and watching the full moon turn into an awesome red spectacle. Look closely at the time stamps on the image below and it’s basically 5 hours of just that. Even a movie that long couldn’t keep me. Coffee is truly the binding factor and of course capturing a piece of eclipse history.

Do enjoy the moon in action. Shot with an Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, f/7.1, 1/200th, ISO 100. RAW converted to tif file and converted in Photoshop CS5 for jpeg upload.


Click for larger moons. Time of capture indicated top side of moons.

But just to break the monotony, a little background shooting had to be. Even with auto focus it was quite difficult as my body wanted to be in bed. Luckily the caffeine was still rushing to stimulate every synapse that needed to adjust and shoot the camera. And shoot we did. Do click on the photos for a larger view.


Before even the eclipse started worrisome clouds overhead. Almost went to sleep early.


The EOS 7D admist a quiet night.


More cloud cover as the eclipse was starting. Very worrisome indeed but the clouds did go away.


The red moon captured on long exposure at 1024 seconds at f/5.6.


The last wide angle captured before packing up. This time though of the red moon.