Last Night's Lunar Eclipse Over Los Angeles
I was a bit bummed that I was going to miss last night's total lunar eclipse blood moon up in Tahoe while here in LA for my son's college graduation. But I made a last minute decision to grab my gear yesterday evening and head out to attempt a shot of it above Los Angeles, California.
I'll admit, I didn't do much research on where to go as I didn't have much time, so I figured the Griffith Park Observatory would be a safe bet. Well... A good portion of Los Angeles also thought that going to the Observatory was a good idea too. The traffic was very backed up, I knew I wasn't going to make it to the parking area any time soon, so I drove around the hills and Hollywood looking for a nice vantage point. The moon was almost fully eclipsed at this point so I was starting to stress out.
After diving around a bunch with no luck, I decided to go back to the observatory and see if the traffic had calmed down. The moon was already fully eclipsed by the time I got there so some people were leaving. I found a parking spot along the road, right before the now smaller traffic jam, so I pulled over and figured I walk the rest of the 1.5 miles.
Just after I started my walk, I noticed a dirt trail/road heading up the hill in the opposite direction of the observatory. It looked like it might have a decent view too so I decided to check it out first. SCORE! It was a very nice view with very few other people around. And it was near to my car so I could leave easily when I was done.
Here is the shot I ended up with there. Downtown Los Angeles is in the lower right.
Shot with a Canon 5DS R and a 24-105mm lens, on a tripod. The ISO was 100, the aperture was f/4.0, and it was a 4 second long exposure. No lens filters were used on this one.
Were you able to see the lunar eclipse in your area?
Thanks for looking and I hope you are all having a great day.
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crazy shot! that view with the L.A skyline and the eclipse is just amazing!👏
Thank you! I was very happy with it considering my lack of preparation. Cheers!
OMG! that's the stuff I've been waiting for. You are so lucky to have captured that 😃 it wasn't visible on my part of the world.
I'm sorry to hear that @macchiata, I guess it was pretty cloudy up in Tahoe so I'm lucky I was down here and able to see it.
Yeah! you're very luck and it's that beautiful! I am gonna have to wait, I read that there's another one this November.
Awesome shot. Looks like the opening shot of a movie about LA. It was cloudy here ☹️
Ha! Perfect! Sorry it was cloudy there...
Wow what an awesome shot! Im glad you found such a great spot to witness the eclipse. I like this post so much i had to share it on Listnerds..
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Nice, thank you!
Nice capture! We were asleep well before the eclipse. Of course we are two hours ahead in Wisconsin. Two of my sisters live in Los Angeles though. I wonder if they saw it. Thanks for sharing. Glad you were able to get the opportunity to view it.
Thank you @lisamgentile1961! I got pretty lucky this time as it was early and a clear sky. It was cloudy up in Tahoe and I guess a lot of my photographer friends did not really see it. Happy to share, hopefully you'll get to see the next one... Cheers!
You're welcome, @scottshots! That would be nice to see one sometime. That red moon is kind of stunning. Enjoy your day!😀
The skyline with the blood moon is a great image. I am surprised at the clarity with a 4-second exposure. I saw your post on ListNerds because a ListNerd member shared the link to your post in an email. If you are not already a member of ListNerds, you may want to consider joining and get the same benefits as the person who shared your link. I would love to see more of your posts
Thank you @rcaine! The wide angle helps make the 4 second exposure seem more sharp with less visible movement to the moon and stars. Cheers!
Holy shit! Your effort makes me feel so useless. All I had to do was open the door and go outside... but it was so damn cold and my bed was so so cozy.
Ha! I could have done that too, and my family did, but there were tons of power lines in the view. This spot is a good one for a LA view for sure. Hope you didn't totally miss it... Cheers!
I was at the ranch! That makes me double useless.