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The Eclipse – Oregon 2017

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

While a over a million people flocked to Eastern Oregon to photograph the eclipse, Bob, Laura and Diane chose the west side of the Willamette Valley from backroads (the winery route) to avoid jams.  Most wineries had events and are nicely positioned on hills above vineyards.  We had a nice table next to the vines and positioned 2 tripods, each with a long lens (one with the ND filter for partials), calculations done in advance, and we rotated our 3 camera bodies around.  The sky was clear and the winery folks kept our special eclipse wine glasses filled.  What a day!

© 2017 Laura Mooney

We chose to photograph the partials with a plain “eclipse” ND filter and did not add color.  The sun naturally is white and only picks up color through the atmosphere at sunrise or sunset or special environmental circumstances.  The spots are sunspots.  Following is a selection from the sequence.

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

Natural starburst (no filter) worked the same as we teach you in the field – small portion of sun visible through leaves, notches in rocks, etc.
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

© 2017 Diane Kelsay

So what do you call an eclipse sundowner???  Whatever your photography quest… make sure you enjoy life!
© 2017 Diane Kelsay

And use the sun and the moon to capture artistic images.  We work hard on our adventures to position you to take advantage of this.  From our Galapagos adventure…

© 2016 Bob Harvey

And from our Iguazu Falls Adventure, the falls by moonlight…

© 2013 Bob Harvey

Please consider joining us on one of our photography adventures. And we just added a Galapagos 2020.  And Iguazu Falls in 2019.  Link our Calendar.

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Southwest Photography Adventure

Part 2 – Photographing the Moon

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© 2013 Bob Harvey

 

In theory, photographing the moon should be rather straightforward, but it seems many people have some assumptions that get them tangled up.

First, the moon is a sunlit object, just like a mountain 0r a face in full sun.  Second, that light has a ways to go, and it passes through a lot of atmosphere after it bounces off the moon.  Still, one can, on a clear night make an exposure that is just 2-3 stops below a straight sunny exposure.  No need to have a long exposure – and the moon will move and blur if you do.

Moonrise © 2013 Bob Harvey

Moonrise
© 2013 Bob Harvey

That was the easy part, now the challenging part.  One has to figure out when the moon will rise relative to when the sun will set.  If the moon rises in a bright sky, it is hardly distinguishable from the blue around it.  If it rises in a dark sky, the foreground objects are dark or may not even separate from the sky.

Mittens at moonrise/sunset © 2013 Bob Harvey

Mittens at moonrise/sunset
© 2013 Bob Harvey

So pick a night when the moon comes up a little before the sun goes down.  Then watch for that magic moment when the sky around the moon is darkening, the foreground objects are catching last (but not too strong) light, and build an exciting composition.  Shoot fast, because the moon is constantly moving in relationship to the foreground, and the light is constantly changing.

Mittens moonrise/sunset 2 © 2013 Bob Harvey

Mittens moonrise/sunset 2
© 2013 Bob Harvey

There are countless ways to mix up late day light with a rising moon – and the Southwest is one of the best places to play this game!

Moonrise © 2013 Bob Harvey

Moonrise
© 2013 Bob Harvey

But wait, there’s more!  In the early morning, you can time things so that the moon is setting as the sun is rising.  And play the whole game again with similar rules.  Only, in the morning, you don’t have to work so hard to predict where the moon will be!

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Moonset
© 2013 Bob Harvey

We love to help people conquer “moon photography”.  If you’d like to get really good at it, come join us in the Southwest!

We’ll blog again in about a week – next time Focusing on the Sun!

 

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