Saturday, December 10, 2011

::red cadet, do you copy?::

An experimental time lapsed capture of last night's full Lunar Eclipse as seen from my mom's porch in Ocean View, HI. It dawned on me yesterday as Mom and I were driving up to the Observatories at the summit of Mauna Kea coincidentally enough, that I should really take advantage of the clear calm weather and try to photograph the eclipse. I've never really delved into the world of Time Lapse Photography. With a little research I figured out how to hook up my laptop to my camera and leave it on the porch over night programed to fire my camera every 5 minutes from 2am-6am.
I got up several times during the night to check the exposure and location of the camera. At 3:40 I got up and realized I needed to move the camera off the porch and into the driveway. I fumbled around in the dark without glasses or contacts searching for some sandals or slippers and loudly whispered "shit godamnit!" when instead I stuck both my hands in the cold bucket of water for the dogs. Even though the moon was incredibly bright and close it's still very hard to manually focus a camera in the dark when you're exhausted. I found that it helped a bit to shine a flashlight beam at it.
While my digital work station outside recorded the action, I slept sporadically on the couch so I could see everything out the window. During the eery dark Orange phase it went through around 4am, it looked as though I was looking at Mars.

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