(Photo credit: Michael Frye, Lunar Eclipse Sequence, Yosemite)
Photographing in the dark is no easy feat. Capturing an eclipse requires even more attention to detail. Michael Frye demonstrates that it is an enterprise worth undertaking.
Frye describes his process:
Making an image like this is a complex process. I started by researching the timing and direction of the eclipse and finding a location; luckily I knew a great spot near Oldmsted Point with these wonderful twisted junipers.
After positioning the camera I made a series of exposures, each ten minutes apart, of the moon as it moved through the scene and darkened into total eclipse. In between moon shots I moved a flash around and made a series of exposures to light the trees. When the moon was fully eclipsed I made an additional 30 second exposure for the stars. All these separate photographs were then layered together in Photoshop to create the final image.