I also tried to do this. I had zero experience but somewhat high hopes, and of course all my plans went wrong The weather has been excellent for the whole week, but on Friday it was hazy and partly cloudy… I could only get the first 20 minutes of the eclipse, after that the moon disappeared behind the clouds. Finally, the spot we chose turned out to be more popular and less dark than what we hoped, and when we tried to go elsewhere it was already too late. Still, here are a couple of shots that I managed to save… (and sorry @Jonas_Wagner for going a bit off-topic, I hope you don’t mind!) I can also add the raws if there is some interest.
I like that last one. But to me the moon seems too small. Maybe it’s not too small to represent what the lens saw (I don’t know how much post-processing you might have done). But I rather suspect it’s too small to represent what one’s mind and heart saw, especially given the optical illusion that we all seem to share, that the moon close to the horizon looks bigger than it really is as measured using “subtended angle”:
There is an interesting post over on the Online Photographer that divides photographs into real photographs and photoart:
Here’s my attempt at a photoart “moon larger than subtended arc as captured by the camera” rendition of your last moon image:
In darktable: DSC_4468 by Jonas Wagner raw black/white point black point_ from 600 to 650 (all the sky now have L <1) denoisecroplevels exposure parametric mask exclusive chanel L 1 1 100 100 drawn mask a circle to exlude moon EV -18 (all the sky now L=0) exposure1 a circle mask inclusive bigger of moon EV -1.9 (simulate earth’s shadow)
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duplicate image 1 and move the circle in exposure 1 (6 time)
I did do a fair bit of post-processing, but mostly to get rid of noise and enhance contrast/details, besides stitching (the result comes from 3 raw frames taken in landscape mode, with a Sony 55-210 at 55mm on an a6000). So I think the original shows the moon as seen by the camera (at least regarding dimensions). But I like your big moon better
@afre - I agree, either the moon needs to be closer to the horizon, or else not quite as bright and big, or maybe a bit of both, which conclusion I reached about two seconds after hitting the post button . . .
@agriggio - Thanks! for not being appalled at what I did to your nice moon image . . . I think of my own photographs as great big color-by-number opportunities, with leeway to completely modify/replace whatever the camera actually captured. But that doesn’t mean everyone else thinks this sort of thing is OK.