Pictures of the Total Lunar Eclipse, June 16th 2011

On June 16th 2011, we experienced a Total Lunar Eclipse, where the Full Moon moves into the Earth’s shadow – causing the Moon to turn deep red. I was travelling for work so I lugged 2 cameras and 2 tripods to Brisbane and met up with some IceInSpace friends including Dennis Simmons and Troy Piggins on the foreshore of the Brisbane River, overlooking Story Bridge and the city of Brisbane.

Total Lunar Eclipse over Brisbane City

Total Lunar Eclipse over Brisbane City

Dennis picked me up at 3:30am and we headed to our location to catch the first phases of the Eclipse. It was a rather cold morning for Brisbane, but it was clear and luckily a breeze kept the dew away for most of the morning.

Spikes point to the Eclipsed Moon

Spikes point to the Eclipsed Moon

Because the Eclipse occurred just before sunrise, we had a steady stream of bike riders and joggers passing by wondering what the long line of photographers was looking at. I had my two Canon 40D cameras running – one with the 17-70mm wide angle to capture the progression and make a montage (1st shot above), and the second (24-105mm) to mix it up, capture different types of shots as they came up.

What a View

What a View

In the end I didn’t really get the type of shots I had in my minds eye, and the montage didn’t work out how I wanted either due to me playing around with the exposure and ending up with different size gaps in the composite.

The image below is a single frame from the montage while the Moon was in mid-eclipse.

Mid Eclipse

Mid Eclipse

The light from the rising Sun brightened the sky just after 6am, and it was just after the Moon went behind the AAMI building from our point of view – so the timing worked out well.

Montage as the Sun Rose

Montage as the Sun Rose

The last image shows the bridge and city, and the Full Moon before the eclipse started. It’s a nice city at night.

The Full Moon before the Eclipse

The Full Moon before the Eclipse

All in all, I’m not overly happy with my images, which is why it’s taken me 3 weeks to get this post up. There’s nothing particularly special about them but they do record the event as I saw it.

It was a lovely event to view – the eclipse was very dark as the Moon passed through the centre part of the Earth’s shadow, and volcanic ash in our atmosphere most likely blocked out some of the light reaching the Moon, too.

Thanks to Dennis for his hospitality – taking me on a reconnaissance tour the afternoon before to pick our spot, and then again picking me up and dropping me off on a cold Thursday morning. It was great to finally meet an online friend after 6 years!

The next Total Lunar Eclipse is on the 10th December, starting at around midnight AEDST if you’re on the East coast.

Thanks for looking.

 

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