Blood Moon, Garden Of The Gods

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D Mark II
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Nearest Area
Garden of the Gods
Town
Colorado Springs
Description

Total lunar eclipse on April 14, 2014. Multiple captures were required in order to overcome the technical inadequacies of current camera technology. Telephoto lenses are not capable of simultaneously rendering both the distant moon and the closer rock formations in sharp focus. To further complicate things, a proper exposure of the moon renders the rocks as pure black and a proper exposure for the rocks renders the moon as a thick white line streaking across the sky. The way around these problems was to make one exposure of 1.5 seconds with the moon in focus. Then a second exposure of six minutes with the rocks in focus. I lit the rocks during this second exposure with my diffused LED headlamp from a distance of about 100 yards. A third exposure captured the stars and the three exposures were combined in post processing. All three exposures were taken without moving the camera. Perhaps one day camera technology will allow everything to be captured in a single exposure, but until that day this is the only way to capture a challenging scene like this one.

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Date Added
August 31, 2014
Date Taken
August 31, 2014

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