Lori Carey Photography

Friday, December 9, 2011

Predawn Lunar Eclipse December 10

August 28, 2007 full lunar eclipse as seen from San Juan Capistrano, California, USA.

I can't believe it's been more than four years since I could photograph a complete lunar eclipse, and this image was my very first attempt. Full lunar eclipses visible from North America don't happen often. I couldn't photograph the lunar eclipse last December because I had heavy cloud cover, and the one this weekend won't be ideal for most the country because it occurs after or just before sunrise in North America. Even here on the west coast totality won't be reached until right before sunrise (totality will be greatest at 6:32am and sunrise will be at 6:44am) which means the sky will already be light, so it will be interesting to see. Unfortunately we won't be able to photograph the entire eclipse through the last partial stages.

You can check the times of the stages of the eclipse in your time zone at EarthSky.

If you've never photographed a lunar eclipse before and plan to give this one a try (or if you've tried before and had problems with exposure), read my previous blog post Tips for Photographing a Lunar Eclipse for some tips on proper exposure.

The next total eclipse visible in North America won't be until April 2014 (there will be a partial eclipse in June 2012).

Feel free to share links to your shots here, would love to see how other photographers handle the approaching daylight in their shots.

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