Sunday, March 04, 2007

The View From Our Balcony Last Night

It’s been a while since I last wrote in this blog. I will explain in due course, but for now I wanted to share some pictures with you that I took last night of the lunar eclipse.

The eclipse was scheduled to begin at 20:18 GMT. In Lebanon, and Brummana in particular, it started at around 11:30 pm Lebanon time. The moon was pretty high up in the sky and we were lucky to have a good view of it, although a few minutes after the total eclipse the moon disappeared over the roof of the building, this was around 01:00 am.

You will notice that some of the pictures are clearer than others. Because of the lighting level, which was, as you would suspect, low, I used a mixture of camera settings. Reverting to the manual I learned a few things I didn't know about my camera. It's sad to know that I am, even now, only using about 50% of the capabilities of the camera.

I positioned the camera outside on a small tripod, and used the maximum zoom the camera can achieve (x16). With the camera setting on aperture priority "Av" with manual aperture control I got the best results at the start of the eclipse when moonlight level was still high.

With the setting on "Auto" and with flash off I achieved the best results at the total eclipse stage featuring the spectacular reddish light effect covering the moon. From reading about total lunar eclipses apparently the redish effect is the result of sun rays filtering through the Earth's atmosphere reaching the moon.


1 comment:

Debi Cates said...

I was banging my head against because I forgot to even LOOK up the night of the eclipse. D'oh!

Your great photos saved the day, being the next best thing to having seen it first hand. Thanks for sharing them. I especially ooo'd and ahhhh'd over your images where the moon turned red.