Lunar Eclipse Sequence from Monument Valley

By: Alan Dyer


Region: Americas

Site: Monument Valley - USA

Date: 2015 April 4

From the photographer: "A photo sequence of the total lunar eclipse of April 4, 2015 taken from near Tear Drop Arch, in western Monument Valley, Utah. I shot the totality images at 6:01 a.m. MDT, in mid-totality during the very short 4 minutes of totality. The mid-totality image is a composite of 2 exposures: 30 seconds at f/2.8 and ISO 1600 for the sky and landscape, with the sky brightening blue from dawn twilight, and 1.5 seconds at f/5.6 and ISO 400 for the disk of the Moon itself.
Also, layered in this multi-exposure image are 26 short exposures for the partial phases, most being 1/125th sec at f/8 and ISO 400, with ones closer to totality being longer, of varying duration. All are made with the 24mm lens and Canon 6D on a static tripod, with the camera not moved through the entire sequence. The very short duration of totality at this eclipse lent itself to a sequence with one total phase image flanked by partial phases. The rocks are illuminated by lights from the community - light pollution but photogenic in this case - and partly from dawn glow in the east." Alan Dyer,

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