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Total Lunar Eclipse of October 8, 2014

I had to be at the studio early the morning of the eclipse, so these were taken from a location near the studio (on Gable street) which had a pretty good western horizon – at least for an industrial area lit up like a maximum security prison yard.  The pictures were taken with a Nikon D5100, with a 300mm telephoto.  The ISO changed depending on the light level, from ISO100 to 4000.

Early in the umbral phases - this was taken very near "second contact".

Early in the umbral phases – this was taken very near “second contact”.

A little past half way towards total - I took this one over-exposing the sunlit part of the moon in order to show the red hue of the eclipsed portion.

A little past half way towards total – I took this one over-exposing the sunlit part of the moon in order to show the red hue of the eclipsed portion.

This is just a few minutes before the beginning of totality.

This is just a few minutes before the beginning of totality.

Totally eclipsed!  The sky was already beginning to get brighter as sunrise was only about 45 minutes before sunrise.

Totally eclipsed! The sky was already beginning to get brighter as sunrise was only about 45 minutes before sunrise.

Blood Red Moon at Sunrise!  There was a tree just west of where I was set up - the brightening blue sky and red moon made a nice contrast!

Blood Red Moon at Sunrise! There was a tree just west of where I was set up – the brightening blue sky and red moon made a nice contrast!

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