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Child of the Moon

Hello again one and all. This is part of series on media and technology that I post on LinkedIn. Today’s subject: photography. Learning to photograph a subject about a quarter million miles away will enhance all of your photographic skills.

For those who know me, I love taking pictures of the moon and eclipses. There will be a very good opportunity for many coming very soon in early April 2015 for those who wish to witness and record such an event.

Here are some links for all of you to witness these awesome events (a great family free event if there ever was one) and a how-to on photographing these for your collection.

Time and Date: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/total-lunar-eclipse.html
Digital Photography School: http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-photograph-a-lunar-eclipse/
Mr. Eclipse: http://www.mreclipse.com/LEphoto/LEphoto.html

Below are some images I have taken over the last 9 months of celestial activities. Click on any of them to enlarge. It isn’t as difficult as it seems. However, patience is not a virtue here, it is a must. Also, positioning your camera on a tripod on an incredibly solid surface will allow the camera to do what it is supposed to do: take a nice, clear shot, often with a short time lapse in order to capture all of the light available. I also suggest a “hood”, which is a low cost plastic element that fits over the end of your lens to keep bleeding from other light sources, common in shots from cities.

Typical Settings for your camera:
1. ISO 400 or lower
2. A 5-10 second time lapse shot (longer will cause streaks, as both the Earth and the moon are constantly moving)
3. A wide angle lens or a wide angle setting on your camera
4. The highest possible setting on your camera for focal length to ensure the largest, most detailed shot of the surface of the moon.

Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr.

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