Lunar Eclipse Multiple Exposure

by Michael Myers

I mounted the camera on a tripod with the shutter locked open, and covered the lens with a flat black cardboard. I set up a snooze alarm that rang every 7 minutes and each time it went off I lifted the cardboard from the camera lens an appropriate amount of time; shorter in the beginning when the moon was more full and longer as the shadow of the earth darkened the moon. There are fourteen exposures on this film, therefore the photo represents the distance the moon traveled in 1 hour, 37 minutes

However, this was a borrowed camera and I did not know the film had been light contaminated, hence the vertical light streak right in the center. Also, having this exposure developed properly was extremely difficult since the contrast was so great. On the negative I was able to see perfect circles each with a progressively larger "bite" taken out but most of the prints I received (including this one) overexposed the negative and I could barely see the difference between the moon images.

I had set up my good camera to take telephoto shots at the same time intervals and the results were also disappointing. Normally when one sees a quarter moon the shadows accentuate the craters along the twilight line, but in the case of an eclipse there are no long shadows from a sunset and the photos came out very dull. The series looked like one washed out moon photo followed by progressively duller ones. Here is an example.

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