Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's official: Sleep is way overrated

It's 8:30AM and I just got back from an adventure that I left for at 2:30AM. I wanted to take photos of the lunar eclipse and had a certain shot in mind that I wanted, but as always I ended up shooting it totally different than I planned to.
The eclipse itself was pretty cool, and it lasted a long time, but for photography you need super specialized gear to shoot details of the moon, so this is the best I could get of the moon itself. Not too good. But good enough for the blog. :)

I'm actually not that into shooting details of things in the sky because it seems like it's all been done, and there isn't any new ways to do it because it's so technical and straightforward. And there are people who do astrophotography for a living, so they have tons of these photos already that are way better than anything I could do... so anyway, with all that said I guess I prefer to have the moon small in the frame and go wide angle, so I can get a different looking image.
This first image was a 20 minute exposure, f/2.8, at ISO 100. The lunar moon is the red streak above the lone tree. And the streaking lights is when I drove my motorcycle through the photo. The top blue light is my headlamp, and the bottom is the headlight/tailight on my bike. :)

This image is a 30 minute exposure and it was towards the end of the eclipse, so the moon turned from dark red to bright blue during the exposure, so it got pretty overexposed, but the trees look cool.

And here is just a snapshot of my 2 cameras, my bike, and my camera bag. It was quite a bit to haul around all night on my back! And yes, it was pretty freaky to be out in the middle of the wilderness all by myself, with nobody and nothing around. It was way too quiet and my mind just started wandering about what could be in the trees all around me!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cannot agree anymore, stayed up until 530. Great shots you got, here enjoy..


check it out.

Matt Rosenthal

8/28/2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger amancay said...

yeah... totally thought of you when i couldn't find anyone photo-geeky and adventurous enough to stay up and head out with me... yeah, that!

anywho, glad you ventured out, had fun, and nabbed some shots while you were at it. it was quite the sight, even from my driveway!

8/29/2007 3:22 AM  
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8/29/2007 10:49 AM  

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