Brad Ashbrook  

Lunar Eclipse by Brad Ashbrook

June 2022 - Lunar Eclipse

June 2022 - Brad Ashbrook


June 2022 - Brad Ashbrook

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When I photographed the lunar eclipse from my backyard on May 5th with my 200-600mm zoom at its max, I thought why not, do a few HDR brackets. I think I used 6 different exposures from 1/50th, f6.3 ISO 3200 to 0.6 secs. During the bracket, the moon moved a fair amount where Aurora could not align the shots. So before loading them into Aurora, I cropped them and put the moon in roughly the same place. Then Aurora was able to merge them together. The advantages of the HDR merge was more in the sky where a bunch more stars were seen as opposed to a single shot. It helped a little with the very bright highlight, but that is still blown out as you can see in two of the 6 originals.

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9 comments posted

Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Brad, very nice try. This is way harder to do with HDR than most think. I too was ready but from my location we had nothing but overcast and clouds. A friend of mine does astro photography and has a motor driven arrangement to keep alignment of stars, planets or the moon in line. He get great results. Also like all the stars. I still think you did a super job.   Posted: 06/04/2022 06:58:11
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Thank you. I have a tracker as well but it cannot support the weight of the 200-600mm. I really enjoy Astro photography and if I lived out west where I could photograph the Milky Way and celestial objects more often.   Posted: 06/04/2022 09:18:13

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
A very "cool" image despite the warm color. The blend is nice so your adjustments to get Aurora to deal with the shifts worked very well. Yes, there is a hot edge, but I find I like it because of the way it sets a sense of sun angle. The added stars help the overall setting.
  Posted: 06/10/2022 18:45:01

Max Burke   Max Burke
Great picture, Brad. I also wanted to photograph this moon event. We had clouds until the moon was overhead. It lost the warm color as in your image. The cloud's movement made it difficult to get a clear view.

I feel the stars in your picture are something I haven't noticed in this kind of moon image. This picture is an impressive image.   Posted: 06/17/2022 22:37:31

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Interesting technique. Couldn't you have stacked the images in Photoshop for the final alignment? I'm not familiar with that technique. I find it interesting that you were able to capture the stars.   Posted: 06/27/2022 16:08:54
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
During the 7 original exposures, the moon moved quite a bit at 600mm. I tried Lightroom and the alignment wasn't even close so I had to crop all the photos so the moon was in the same location. Then used Aurora to do the HDR process which brought out the stars from one of the originals.   Posted: 06/27/2022 16:44:08

Lisa Cuchara   Lisa Cuchara
cool image!

wow, hard to do with a 600mm when the moon moves in the field so much.

Did you compare the HDR to EDR?
  Posted: 06/28/2022 20:18:41
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Are you referring to: A single exposure, multiply processed to create a single image is EDR?   Posted: 06/28/2022 21:12:11
Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Are you referring to: A single exposure, multiply processed to create a single image is EDR?   Posted: 06/29/2022 12:35:49