Are you tired of eclipse photos yet?
Blood Moon, Death Valley, California
Sony 100-400 GM
Sony 2x teleconverter
Since everyone else seems to be doing it, I thought I’d join the party….
I always schedule my Death Valley workshop to coincide with the January (or early February) full Moon, so it was just a coincidence that North America’s first super (a full Moon that’s within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth), blue (the second full moon of a given month), blood (a lunar eclipse: a full Moon that passes into the Earth’s shadow and is bathed in light stripped of all but its red wavelengths by Earth’s atmosphere) Moon in 150 years coincided with my workshop. But since we were already there….
I got my group up to Zabriskie Point at around 4:30, well into the eclipse but before totality. Unlike most group photo events I’ve experienced, this morning’s crowd at Zabriskie was a little subdued—I suspect due to the early hour. Compared to the solar eclipse I photographed last August, a lunar eclipse moves with the speed of a glacier. While it was underway, I was able to assist my workshop students, set up my own equipment, switch lenses and camera bodies, experiment with exposure, gawk at the spectacle, and still had plenty of time to chat, laugh, and marvel with the rest of my group.
Starting with my Sony a7RIII, Sony 100-400 f/4 GM, and Sony 2x teleconverter, I cranked my focal length all the way out to 800mm and started clicking. After a while I pulled out my Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4, putting it on the a7RIII and switching the telephoto setup to my a7RII. Since time wasn’t a concern, I only used one tripod, switching the two bodies back and forth as my needs dictated.
Throughout the eclipse the Moon was softened by a thin layer of cirrus clouds. This image is among my first of the morning, before the Moon reached a band of denser clouds close to the horizon. I ended up with more creative captures, but those will need to wait for another day.
The Moon In All Shapes And Sizes
Sunset Moonrise, Half Dome, Yosemite (11/30/17)
Captive Crescent, El Capitan and Half Dome Yosemite
Snowy November Moonrise, El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Autumn Mirror, Half Dome, Yosemite
Dawn Moonrise, El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Moonset, Candlestick Butte, Canyonlands National Park
Moonset, Soberanes Point, Big Sur
Crescent Moon and Oaks at Dusk, Sierra Foothills, California
Magenta Moonrise, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite
Comet PanSTARRS and New Moon, Haleakala, Maui
Moonrise, Sierra Foothills, California
Goodnight Moon, Sierra Foothills, California
Sunrise Trio, Crescent Moon Above El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Blood Moon, Death Valley, California
Moonset, Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills, California
Lunar Kiss, Half Dome and Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
Supermoon, Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite
Balanced Moon, Half Dome, Yosemite (12/1/17)
Winter Dawn, Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills, California
New Day, Half Dome and Crescent Moon, Yosemite
Half Dome Half Moon, Yosemite
Moon!, Half Dome, Yosemite
Moon and Mist, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite
Oak and Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California
Mono Moonrise, South Tufa, Mono Lake
Dune Moon, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Winter Supermoon, Half Dome, Yosemite
Winter Moon, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
Heaven and Earth, New Moon and Venus, Sierra Foothills
Moon Dance, Half Dome, Yosemite
Whitney Arch Moonset, Alabama Hills, California
Moonstar, Bryce National Park, Utah
Foothill Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California
New Moon, Sierra Foothills, California
Moonrise, Monument Valley
Spring Moonrise, Bridalveil Fall and the Merced River Canyon, Yosemite
Big Moon, Valley View, Yosemite
Moonlight, Garrapata Beach, Big Sur
Tree and Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California