Why you really need a tripod if you are going to take pictures of the lunar eclipse…

IMG_2728Taking pictures of a far-away object in a dark sky with a zoom lens turns out to be a little trickier than I thought it would be.

IMG_2730The shutter has to stay open for a long time… like 3 or 4 seconds…

IMG_2736Okay… sorry… that one is just obscene…

IMG_2737It is really hard to hold a camera perfectly still for that long, even if you rest it on something.

IMG_2738Mollie decided to use that fact to try to move the camera in a way that would make a heart shape… you gotta love that kid!

IMG_2740But I think all these are at least as cool as a normal photo of the eclipse. I bet you can find billions of good photos of it on the internet.

IMG_2744I doubt very many people are bothering to post pictures like these… and that is why you keep coming back to my blog, right?

IMG_2753But, just in case I am wrong about that, there is a fairly good photo.

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15 Responses to Why you really need a tripod if you are going to take pictures of the lunar eclipse…

  1. Rohvannyn says:

    That’s just awesome. I’m famous for taking moon photos without a tripod – I’ll brace on anything from my car to a fence to the mail boxes to an old dry sponge mop. That made a good monopod, actually. It also reminds me of when I tried to take a picture of Mars – and the track the bright dot made ended up looking like a big R.

  2. Al says:

    You created embryos hehe

  3. Ha, ha. Just a thought – if you can’t quite make it as a photographer of the night sky, you could always publish photos in a much different (some might say, inappropriate) field.

    You did better than I did, however – I couldn’t even see that darn moon through the clouds.

  4. List of X says:

    These are much more revealing than the usual eclipse photos.

  5. OLED PHAT nu glee says:

    These are the “mostest funnest” moon photos I’ve seen all day and trust me, wayyyyy too many folks have moon shots going today. I haven’t been mooned by this many friends since high-school in farm country.

  6. sfarnell says:

    Oh dear…. Don’t you hate it when that happens.

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