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Moon shots

Among photographers and those who watch the sky, last night's lunar eclipse was an event to stay up late for. In much of California the latest storm left the sky cloudy, but I was lucky to have pretty good viewing for most of the eclipse. The moon was behind clouds at the beginning of the eclipse and for most of the period of totality, though, so I didn't get any pictures of those times.

I did, however, take a series of photos of what I could see. Here they are, in chronological order. All photos were taken with my new camera, a Nikon D750 combined with the Nikkor 300mm f/4 prime lens.

21:36 Pacific Standard Time:

Lunar eclipse
2019-01-20
© Allison J. Gong

21:41 Pacific Standard Time:

Lunar eclipse
2019-01-20
© Allison J. Gong

21:51 Pacific Standard Time:

Lunar eclipse
2019-01-20
© Allison J. Gong

22:33 Pacific Standard Time:

Lunar eclipse
2019-01-20
© Allison J. Gong

22:48 Pacific Standard Time:

Lunar eclipse
2019-01-20
© Allison J. Gong

At this point the clouds came back and it started to rain. I didn't wait for the eclipse to end, as I wouldn't have been able to see it anyway. When I got up this morning the skies had cleared, and since the moon would still be full I sat on the front porch in my pajamas and bathrobe and took this final shot.

05:53 Pacific Standard Time:

Full moon after the lunar eclipse
2019-01-21
© Allison J. Gong

And there you have it--my series of eclipse photos! I learned a lot while shooting and processing these. I am embarrassed at how long it took me to figure out how to create this montage:

Lunar eclipse series
2019-01-20 and 2019-01-21
© Allison J. Gong

Totally worth it, though!

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