Lunar Eclipse #2

An expanded series of the lunar eclipse phases.

Now featuring on the blog of Tamara Weikel.

BTW, ignore the exif data, it's completely wrong and leftover from a different layer I was playing around with in photoshop.

Apparently #3 in Explore for 28th Aug. 2007 (according to scout). Top of the second page in the month view (20:18, 28/8/2007). I don't usually look, but since it was mentioned I did.

And as a further update, this shot has cracked 1,000 views in less than 24 hours. Quite impressive really.

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View all photos taken: Tuesday, 28th August 2007, This photo: 10:36pm

Previous Photo: Red Moon in the Clouds


  • Kalamakia said:
    Excellent shots!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, it was well worth sitting out in the cold to get them.
  • Shaun Johnston said:
    Very nice
  • borealnz said:
    Nicely done David!! You obviously had clearer skies than we had here -I did see some of the eclipse but only fleetingly :-)
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  • David de Groot said:
    Came out well eh ? Thanks very much for the loan of the lens, or this just wouldn't have been possible and I'd have been relying on my film shots (all b&w).

    'twas spotty for the first half, but came good from totality onwards.
  • Ian Mc1 said:
    Fantastic captures Dave.

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  • beachut (John) said:
    Well done David...what an amazing night that was
  • troy :) said:
    Very nice composition Dave.

    Funny you said it was cold up there. Here in Canberra it was surprisingly warm (it was still probably 10 degrees at 8pm).
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Ian :)

    Indeed it was! Cold though.

    Well we have a different definition of cold up here ;-) It was 11 degrees on the way home, so given it was a little higher up where we where, I'd guess 10 sounds about right. All of use had jeans, long sleeves and overcoats on. The food helped though.
  • frozenswirl said:
    that is absolutely brilliant! I obviously missed a great spectacular show last night! great job dave!
  • David de Groot said:
    As it was, it was almost 5:30 by the time we left town. Shaun called but your mobile was off. 'twas a good night out though.
  • garbz said:
    Oh what you got your shots up and processed already. I haven't even got them off my camera yet!
  • David de Groot said:
    I turfed the card in the computer when I got home and had a trawl through them during breakfast while I waited for the pain killers to set in (killer headache this morning).
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Well Done David!
  • Lulybelle said:
    This is so impressive...!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Cecily!

    Glad you think so :)
  • Garry' said:
    Killer shots here.....great PP.

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  • Margot- said:

    How I wish me and my zoom lens where standing at the same spot as you were. :o(

    Hey, congratulations...this made Explore! Yay! :o)

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  • Margot- said:
    You're on page two and you're supposed to come out on the Explore front page. But after 40 refreshes still couldn't catch your image. :o( I was going to take a screen shot for you.

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  • Sunny Melons said:
    Wow! Wonderful!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Garry :)

    Oooh neat :) I've not checked in on Explore for a while, and I don't think I've ever been on the front page.

    Thanks Clair :)
  • Mr Magoo ICU said:
    Nice work mate, looks great.
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey thanks ! That means a lot coming from a creative genius such as yourself.
  • maasha said:
    Nice one David, really top stuff. Should be in the WP under lunar eclipse! Will you allow that?
  • smurfie_77 said:
    A great series of shots. We watched it all from our back verandah (and could run inside and keep warm) but don't contemplate having shots like these. Well done.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks ! If WP want to use it, I'm open to that.

    Well you run the risk of your lens fogging up with the change of temperature that way ;-P
  • traceyisanozzy said:
    OMG David, I ADMIRE your AWESOME image, and I am so very jealous LOL.....once the clouds finally got out of the way down here, I got all excited and tried my hardest to take some half decent shots, but to no avail. They were all dismal, I'm afraid I'm just so inexperienced and have no idea how to do this, next time I will ask you first LOL.
    This is just BEAUTIFUL. I'm SO impressed David, truly! :-)

    Oh and a BIG congrats on Explore toooooo!!! :-D

    We would love to have your beautiful photo in the Nature Around The World group!
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey thanks for the most exuberant comment Tracey :)

    I must say, once I got the exposure sorted out it was just a matter of a few adjustments as the lighting changed. Towards the end I got lazy and just bracketed shots by 1 stop each way.
  • Jack High said:
    Nice series, tells the story well. Very sharp images.
  • sulphurlee(will upgrade later) said:
    Amazing captures! Great work indeed!
  • Peter Hegarty said:
    Wot a great idea. Looks like you took as many shots as I did!
  • David de Groot said:
    As always I'm hard on my own work. I'd have liked to have had larger and sharper images, personally, but it still turned out ok :)


    About 330ish on the dSLR, another dozen or so on the old S2 IS and 23 on the film SLR.
  • chefboyhabeeb said:
    very nice pic
  • David de Groot said:
    chefboyhabeeb Thanks.
  • sundance22 said:
    Amazing! Wish could get shots like this. I need a much better camera
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe the bain of all photographers... I need a much bigger lens ;-)
  • Margot- said:
    You moved from #18 to #11, but I still can't see it on the front page. ARGH!!! (>.<) Did you crop this to a perfect square?

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  • David de Groot said:
    I suspect it's 'cause I don't have a paid account anymore Margot. They don't mention that anywhere, but I have my suspicions.
    As for the dimensions, it just turned out to be an almost perfect square after I'd arranged the moons. :)
  • D'Arne, Ming & Jack said:
    this is fabulous !
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey thanks Ming :)
  • Liza Edith Photography said:
    This is an awesome image well done!!!! Congrats on Explore!
  • Yorri¢k said:
    tops...i only have six/seven year wait to have a go at this again :P
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Is it that long ? They usually happen about twice per year, but we often don't get the full eclipse, so I guess it could be that long.
  • Lalalian said:
    Oh yeah, that's fantastic!
  • David de Groot said:
    Hey thanks Lara :)
  • photo by Alison said:
    very clever.... congrats on being so patient! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Ah well we went prepared - folding chairs, enough stuff to make dinner and have snacks afterwards, some company in the form of other patient photographers... :)
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    This is an excellent photo!!!
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  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    That's a big boomerang! You're good at shooting this night time stuff....thanks for showing what I couldn't see due to cloud.
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    You are my winner!
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  • lowbattery said:
    great idea executed perfectly

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  • mistymisschristie said:
    Outstanding work!! Congrats on making EXPLORE :-)

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  • looby88 said:
    in spite of everything, our science ,our gadgets, isnt it great that a lunar eclipse is still thrilling !! At least we are not scared of them as our ancestors would have been !! I usually take a look, unless its at stupid time, ie 3 am !! We went out the other night to watch a lot of shooting stars, that was good too : )
  • Images In The Backcountry said:
    Nice captures! Looks like mine...

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  • PW74 said:
    Excellent job!
  • The Central Scrutiniser said:
    great stuff dave.

    i was sitting in quarantine here in morgan park looking up at this and thinking of you and all my flickrpernity friends who must be photographing it and of course i don;t have a camera with me. everything taken onto the facility has to be soaked in disinfectant to take it off... not good for the rolleiflex.

    ah well - another on in 2011 i think.
  • David de Groot said:

    hehehe big boomerang ;-) I must say I do enjoy the nocturnal exposures.

    Thanks :)

    Well the idea is an old one, but I'll take credit for the execution ;-)

    Neat isn't it ? Thanks :)

    Yep sure is Helen. Nature is great at putting on shows for us. Mind you, there are still some neophytes out there that can't see the wonder. There was a comment in the newspaper website from someone denigrating people wandering outside to look at a red moon, as if it was an inferior form of entertainment or somesuch - complete tosser.

    Hey yeah, they are similar. Mmmm 300/f4 and a 1.4x teleconvertor... that kit would have been handy down here.


    I figured you'd have been up to your neck in the horsey business. Bummer about the quarantine on kit though, but yes I can't imagine any of your cameras being too happy about a disinfectant dip.
    Well the next big astronomical event is the Geminid showers in December. Should be easier for you in Toowoomba to get away from the light pollution.
  • heidiologies said:
    LOVE this! Thanks for sharing!
  • Life As Art said:
    Oh my GOD this is FANTASTIC!!!!!! We saw the same thing - fun to know I'm on the same hemisphere as you - but I wasn't near able to capture it, I was caught unawares. I'm going to show everyone!!
  • ßlϋeωãvε said:
    "I must say I do enjoy the nocturnal exposures" - look, what you get up to in your private time is really none of our business! ;-)
  • David de Groot said:
    @heidiologies - Thanks :)

    @Life is Art - Hey thanks Tamara. A wonderful comment from someone of your calibre :)

    @ßlϋeωãvε - Hahaha I didn't even think of that when I made that comment!
  • `Bobesh said:
    congrats on the explore and this composition, not many people stayed long enough to capture the event from start to finish (most compositions end with the totality and then nothing after that)

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  • yewenyi (文意) said:
    well done david! and it curves the right way.
  • Taki_Li said:
    Wonderful~!!! good Job~
  • ~pupi~ said:
    great photo! :clap:
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true. There were five photographers left on the summit (including us) when we packed up. Bunch of slackers the rest of them ;-)

    Indeed it does Brian, although technically not the exactly the same curve or it'd be a lot taller.

    LEEPO Danke :)

  • ayashok said:
    great dude

    amazing capture and wonderful cs work too
  • stpnwolfnr said:
    Gosh Darn Good.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks, 'twas worth the effort.

    'tis isn't it :) Bummer about your lens fogging up though.
  • Vastlk said:
    It is just awsome :D
  • David de Groot said:
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    Well Done my friend

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  • looby88 said:
    thought I'd just add another comment, help push you up towards the 2000 views as well !! I want to hear more about nocturnal exposures .........
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)

    Oh I'm sure you do Helen! :-P
    Unbelievable though isn't it, almost 2,000 views and in such a relatively short time too.
  • traceyisanozzy said:
    Good for you David, see why I got so excited now? Look at all those views!! Told you it was Fantastic! Congrats! :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe indeed Tracey. I'm quite surprised really.
  • Friartucker said:
    excellent....very well done
  • gayheb said:
    I just love this.
  • David de Groot said:

    Cool isn't it Gayle ? Definitely worth sitting around in the cold for hours ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    okay, so you have made it over the 2000 mark, 2224 to be exact, heres to 2500 !!
    I like to help !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed! Although according to Scout, it's dropped out of Explore. Since I haven't added it to any extra groups, I wonder why that is. Oh well, I know it got to #3 and I didn't really do anything to get it there either. :)
  • rjt208 said:
    Wonderful picture
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks. :)
  • Maki_C30D said:
    wow! how did you do this!?!
    like I'm watching a sci-fi movie! :-))
    Great! great! great!!!
  • David de Groot said:
    It wasn't too hard Maria. You just need, a camera, longish lens (well longest you can find, beg, borrow or steal, anyway), a tripod and 5 hours to sit around and wait for the moon to do it's thing :)
    Then about 30 mins in photoshop to cut out each moon and paste them on a black background in the right order.
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    Thanks :)
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  • doberwoman said:
    c'est magnifique !
  • David de Groot said:
    Merci Hélène :)
  • RyanSacristan said:
    I love that picture, simply awesome. I have a picture of the moon you would like...

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  • lala76 said:
    It is really a wonderful pic. I love it!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • byGin said:
    So fascinating and extremely well captured!

    There is one here in Canada/America in a few days, on February 20st 2008 at 10:01 PM EST.

    This is far and away the best!

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  • harrijaun said:
    Preciosa la secuencia.
  • CAUT said:
    Gorgeous work. Well done.
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    Great composition!
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  • Richard.Fisher said:
    Incredible shot.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) 'twas worth sitting out on Mt Coot-tha in the cold for 5 hours :)
  • Aussie.501 said:
    Very cool shot
    Well done
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :)
  • Tushit said:
    Hey this is absolutely amazing.
    it would be great if u can tell how have u shot this ?
  • David de Groot said:
    It's a composite of many images shot over 5 hours in the cold. Basically, I shot the moon every few minutes for five hours, then combined selected shots into one file in photoshop.
  • Grauniad2 said:
    David, Just discovered this for the first time. Great montage. Um, to be clear, you had to move the camera between shots right, because otherwise the images would have been too far apart? In other words, the moon actually moved further over the five hours than indicated here?
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes Rodney, these are just individual exposures composited onto a single black background. The moon itself moves very rapidly, so catching it involved moving the camera fairly frequently.
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  • motleypixel said:
    Very nice! What is the interval on exposures for this? Take a shot every what 15 mins. to get the spacing right?
  • David de Groot said:
    [] I was up there for about 5 hours I think, took many more shots than these, and just chose the best looking phases to paste together.
  • Fresh Light said:
    ....paradise shot...........