Nice Shot of the Lunar Eclipse
I briefly considered trying to photograph the lunar eclipse that took place early Tuesday morning, but, well, the operative word there is “briefly.” Once I weighed the fun and challenge of shooting a colorful moon against the fact that it involved getting up at 2:30 a.m. and standing outside in 15-degree weather, the choice was clear: I’d much rather be in my warm bed.
I did actually wake up around 2:30 a.m., for no apparent reason, and decided to at least go take a look. So I went outside in my nightshirt, slippers, and a ski jacket and looked up into the night sky, and saw … clouds. It had been clear in State College when I went to bed, but the sky apparently had since clouded over. So I went back to bed.
But luckily for you, there are photographers who are a lot more patient and persevering than I am. And my favorite local shooter, Andy Colwell, apparently stayed up for the whole thing, waiting along Blue Course Drive with his tripod and hoping for a break in the clouds. He finally got one around 3:20 a.m. and shot the photo you see above.
(You really should click on it to see it larger; I especially love the fact that you can see some stars in the shot.)
Andy used a Nikon D300 and a 200mm lens plus a 1.4 teleconverter; he made a three-second exposure at f6.3 at 1600 ISO. It was so windy that he had to use his Jeep to shield the tripod.
And if any of you photography fans have a shot or two from the lunar eclipse, let me know, and we might post them here on the blog.
Tina Hay, editor