Tam Nguyen Photography

New York Beauty and Fashion Photographer

Total eclipse of the Moon

Posted on December 21, 2010 in Photography

Total eclipse of the Moon

As some of you may have already known, there was a total eclipse of the moon last night. I don’t know what’s up with everyone, but they actually made a big deal out of the event. I mean, this happens at least once a year, nothing new. The reason why the eclipse of the sun is more interesting is because it is considered the source of life. The moon is more like… the source of tides.

I wasn’t going to go out to shoot the moon. The weather was blitzing cold, and I had a pile of laundry to fold. It wasn’t until around 12am then I saw a bunch of pictures posted by my friends on Facebook and Flickr. This pretty much forced me to go out take some photos. Okay, fine, I’ll suit up and come out. After all, I can’t just buy the Nikon 70-200mm VRII and then let it sit in the corner collecting dust.

Shooting the moon wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. My tripod can only go so high, and the focal length isn’t long enough for me to blow everything up. On top of that, the earth AND the moon were both moving, so long exposure wasn’t an option. I managed to get a good shot with ISO 1600 @ 5s and f/11. The rest were all garbage because they were either noisy, or look like I was shaking.

Lunar Eclipse

When I came inside, my lens was all fogged up; I had to let it sit for half an hour for all the fog to evaporate. Also, I manage to randomly shoot this picture in my housemate’s room. I wanted to show him how great the lens is, that’s why I shot this picture at 160mm and 1/30s.


I was going to get to my laundry folding, but I couldn’t resist doing some post-processing. I slept next to my pile of unfolded clothes last night. Oh well, I’ll get to it eventually.

1 Comment

  1. Lilian December 21, 2010

    Super duper love the eclipse

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