Last Monday morning it was uncertain whether the lunar eclipse would be visible for me. I had made the choice to stay on the Dutch Wadden island Terschelling because I like the combination with dunes and Dark Sky park. The weather forecast was great for the whole of the Netherlands but was adjusted to cloudy at the last moment for the north. What to do? Stay, against the forecast, or take the last boat and in a hurry search for a better location. Because the Wadden Island are so important for my projects, I decided to stay.
In the end I was very lucky. With a few small clouds and -9 I have been able to fully visualize the process from the beginning to almost the end. When the eclipse was ended for about 30%, a thick band of clouds came from the North and I had to break off all the cameras.
I am working on a lot of different images of which I do not know if everything will work. I have been working with 4 cameras but it's uncertain whether I am going to book the results I'm hoping for.
One of the experiments was to visualize with telephoto all phases of the eclipse with HDR. I see many composite images of the various stages where you see either the undeclared part or the darkened part, but I want a series in which you see both parts at all eclipse stages. Quite difficult because the dynamic range turns out to be >10 stops afterwards and you actually need your have an exposure per stop to make smooth transitions. But you can't wait too long between each exposure because the moon keeps on moving, especially with 400mm. This is one of those images ... about 500 to go. Fingers crossed.
A couple of years ago, the lake had a healthy population of rabbits in it. Last spring, one of the grounds keepers told me that he saw a bobcat or lynx on the property, and from that day I hadn't seen any of our rabbits to take photos of. This guy is a rare sight these days.