I kept telling myself not to bother staying up to watch the eclipse….but as the time drew nearer and it was now only 30 minutes to the start I decided to go for it. A perfectly cloud-free night sky and the moon was brilliant! However, still an extra hour after that until the orange colour should appear. So I went to bed.
Too restless, so I got up to watch it…I could see it through my hubby’s office window, if I strained my body and neck into contortions. So I ventured out into the freezing cold and onto my back deck where there was a clear view. I set up my tripod and tried some test-shots. Nothing! The camera wouldn’t take a shot!!!
Discouraged I dismantled everything…back to bed.
Still too restless. I reset my camera to its defaults(in case that was the issue)….and tried again(no tripod though). Success- if you call a smeary white ball of light a success.
I persevered and took a few pre-full eclipse shots and watched as the moon started to take on an orange glow. It was beautiful- I was so glad I stayed to watch it.
But, I was cold, and I couldn’t keep the camera still long enough to get anything in focus.
To bed, discouraged again.
This morning…played with my pictures: various filters, HDR, Picasa fixes etc. And I got a few images I like. The first is 5 shots pre-eclipse, treated as a bracketed HDR. I love it as an abstract photo- I don’t know why each moon came out so different .
I also played with this image some more in Picasa. Not sure exactly what process I used but I came up with this version:
The next is just from one very unsteady photo, due to camera(and body) shake. The orange glow of the total eclipse can clearly be seen
So even though I didn’t get any textbook shots of the eclipse I am so so glad I stayed up to see it. The next one is in 6 months I think. Need to read up on what to do to get good night shots so I will be prepared.