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
Snowy November Moonrise, El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Half Dome Half Moon, Yosemite
Heaven and Earth, New Moon and Venus, Sierra Foothills
Big Moon, Valley View, Yosemite
Dune Moon, White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Moonset, Candlestick Butte, Canyonlands National Park
Goodnight Moon, Sierra Foothills, California
Captive Crescent, El Capitan and Half Dome Yosemite
Crescent Moon and Oaks at Dusk, Sierra Foothills, California
Winter Dawn, Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills, California
Balanced Moon, Half Dome, Yosemite (12/1/17)
Moonrise, Sierra Foothills, California
Winter Supermoon, Half Dome, Yosemite
Sunrise Trio, Crescent Moon Above El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Dawn Moonrise, El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite
Comet PanSTARRS and New Moon, Haleakala, Maui
Blood Moon, Death Valley, California
Autumn Mirror, Half Dome, Yosemite
Sunset Moonrise, Half Dome, Yosemite (11/30/17)
Foothill Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California
New Moon, Sierra Foothills, California
Moonlight, Garrapata Beach, Big Sur
Moon Dance, Half Dome, Yosemite
Magenta Moonrise, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite
Whitney Arch Moonset, Alabama Hills, California
Moon!, Half Dome, Yosemite
Supermoon, Half Dome and El Capitan, Yosemite
Mono Moonrise, South Tufa, Mono Lake
Moonrise, Monument Valley
Moonset, Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills, California
Spring Moonrise, Bridalveil Fall and the Merced River Canyon, Yosemite
Lunar Kiss, Half Dome and Sentinel Dome, Yosemite
Moonstar, Bryce National Park, Utah
Oak and Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California
Moon and Mist, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite
Moonset, Soberanes Point, Big Sur
New Day, Half Dome and Crescent Moon, Yosemite
Tree and Crescent, Sierra Foothills, California
Winter Moon, Zabriskie Point, Death Valley