Time lapse lunar image

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Time lapse lunar image

Nathan writes –

Hello Phillip, I found out about the eclipse on the MAKE blog about an hour before it started. – and I took your suggestion about taking photos.

I made a time lapse of the beginning. I put my Canon A95 on a tripod, and watched the time. I took a photo about every minute, and compiled them into an animated GIF in Photoshop. Unfortunately, flickr doesn’t play the animated GIF correctly, and photobucket won’t let me upload anything larger than 1Meg, so I’m hoping that you could host it for everyone to see.

Here’s more info: I used a 1/10sec exposure with ISO 50, and f8.0. I could only zoom 3x with the A95 though. I cropped and layered the photos together in Photoshop and used the animation tool to align them. I left a 1sec first and last frames, and gave the rest a 0.1 sec delay. enjoy :)

4 thoughts on “Time lapse lunar image

  1. Dave_Bell says:

    Very nice, Nathan!

    For future reference on exposure:
    You need to think of the Moon as a scene lit by full sun.
    Typical rule-of-thumb exposure for such a scene is 1/ISO seconds at f16.

    In this case, 1/50 at f16, rather than 1/10 at f8, or about 4.5 stops less…


  2. Aud1073cH says:

    Thanks Dave,

    I’ll remember that if I upgrade. The A95 only allows f2.8 to f8, so I went as low as I could. (f8)
    I havn’t taken any photograpy classes, so I do a lot of experimenting.
    (see my fireworks photos on flickr – I added 2 to the Make photo pool a while back.)


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