Scale – Last Lunar Eclipse of 2011…

3457508677_9173cb35be_bWhen one talks about Scale, one usually visualises images of people appearing to hold larger objects like holding up the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ (the examples are taken from google) or the ‘Qutab Minar’

However, one does not see things in a much more massive scale, like the relationship between the Earth with the Sun and the Moon, a scale that is gigantic and is seen best when there is a Solar or Lunar Eclipse. Given below is my post for the Last Lunar Eclipse of 2011, and all the photographs were taken by me at Delhi.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Scale.”

Clear skies and a early eclipse prompted a lot of shutter-bugs (photogs) to look to the skies to capture this beautiful phenomenon. Given the fact that most lunar eclipses that I know of usually happen late at night (around midnight) this was a lovely opportunity to shoot the lovely moon.

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Normal moon photography is not too much of an issue, as the settings are more or less fixed,

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but this was the first time I shot a Lunar Eclipse and it was a couple of hours of experimentation that went into the whole thing.  While the normal moon photographs like the one above and below were take with the following settings,

F/11, Shutter – 0.05 seconds (1/20), ISO – 400, focal length – 300 mm.

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But these looked like photos of a normal moon, a bit orange – red coloured, but otherwise normal, while the moon i was seeing was awesome…. so once I tried to show the eclipse, as I was actual seeing it, I was stumped. Trying to get the parts in shadow meant that the lit part was over-exposed.

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But persisted with different settings, and finally got some good pics….

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Got a nice one of the total eclipse….

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and finally the total eclipse….

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And the return of light 🙂

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Santosh Namby

A lover of Nature who loves photography and works as a Civil Servant, Santosh Namby Chandran has been a photographer for several years. Starting with a point and shoot 35mm film camera from canon to progressing to a film SLR and then a DSLR, his photographic journey has been a long one, filled with immense learning. Trained as an Ecologist and a Civil Servant, he merges his worlds and moves seamlessly though the corridors of power as well as overgrown jungles. An avid trekker and hiker, he has a penchant for shooting butterflies and birds...

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