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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - Barton - ACT - Australia - 20160917 @ 05:39

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - Barton - ACT - Australia - 20160917 @ 05:39

This is a photograph of the penumbral lunar eclipse that occurred in Canberra on the morning of Saturday September 17 2016. For this type of event to occur, the Earth must be positioned between the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon passes through the rather diffuse penumbral (outer) shadow region of the Earth's shadow. This is not one of the stand-out eclipse scenarios, and the general consensus in the articles that I read in the lead up was that it would be difficult to see any changes occurring at all! We could expect to see a slight reddening and darkening of the Moon, and a diffuse transition zone in brightness between the regions that were in and out of the shadow.

Here in Canberra, the eclipse of the 100% full Moon began at 02:54, reached a maximum of almost 100% eclipse at 04:54, and concluded at 06:53. The Moon set time was 06:08.

The weather was absolutely perfect, with not a cloud in the sky. This picture was taken at 05:39, approximately an hour after the peak of the eclipse. Roughly half of the face of the Moon was within the penumbral shadow. By carefully comparing this image with others that I have taken of the full Moon, I can see that there is a slightly darker appearance over the lower right region. Otherwise, it is just an ordinary look at a full Moon. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that as the subject for a photograph, with or without a penumbral lunar eclipse in progress.




[ Location - Barton, Australian Capital Territory, Australia ]

Photography notes ...
The photograph was taken using the following hardware configuration ...
(Year of manufacture indicated in braces where known.)
- Hasselblad 500C/M body (1994).
- Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back for Hasselblad V mount camera
- Hasselblad Focusing Screen for the CFV-50c digital back, with focussing prism and crop markings.
- Hasselblad 45 Degree Viewfinder PME-45 42297 (2001).
- Hasselblad Carl Zeiss lens - Sonnar CF 250mm f/5.6 Superachromat lens (1987).
- FotodioX B60 Lens Hood for Select Hasselblad Telephoto CF Lenses

I acquired the photograph (8272 x 6200 pixels) with an ISO of 100, exposure time of 1/500th second, and aperture of f/8.0. I used both the mirror lockup facility (i.e., the black switch / button below the winder) and a shutter release cable to minimize the camera shake.

Post-processing ...
Finder - Removed the CF card from the camera digital back and placed it in a Lexar 25-in-1 USB card reader. Then used Finder on my MacBook Air to download the raw image file (3FR extension) from the card.
Lightroom - Imported the 3FR image.
Lightroom - Used the Map module to add the location details to the EXIF header.
Lightroom - Applied various basic lighting and color adjustments in the Develop module.
Lightroom - Saved the Develop module settings as preset 20160918-011.
Lightroom - Output the image as a JPEG image using the "Maximum" quality option (8272 x 6200 pixels).
Lightroom - Cropped the image and exported it as a JPG file with 2082 x 2082 pixels from the Library module.
PhotoSync - Copied the JPEG file to my iPad Mini for any final processing, review, enjoyment, and posting to social media.

BigPhoto - Resized the image by a factor of 4 and output an image with 8328 x 8328 pixels.
BigPhoto - Cropped the image and output an image with 3200 x 3200 pixels.
Photoshop Express - Applied various lighting, color, and sharpening adjustments.
Photoshop Fix - Used the Spot Healing tool to retouch a number of sensor noise spots in the background regions around the Moon.
Exif Editor - Copied the EXIF data from the Lightroom output image to the final image.

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Photo taken on 17 September 2016 (© MomentsForZen / Flickr)

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