New Image: Lunar Eclipse Over Mt. Shasta Revisited. In 2007 I created a composite image of a lunar eclipse over Mt. Shasta. Despite not having a clue what I was doing (capture or developing) I somehow pulled it all together. The image ended up getting some good attention and even ended up in the Smithsonian Museum for a while. Seven years later, the most recent eclipse gave me a rare opportunity to revisit the concept and try again with more advanced equipment and better skills. This is the result (best viewed full screen on black). This image is technically better, cleaner, higher resolution and with much more detail, particularly in the shaded parts of the moon. Many of the eclipse phases required blending of up to six exposures. This final image consists of over 75 layers and took somewhere north of 20 hours of work. However, I think I still like the original more. It had a certain simplicity and realness to it. This one feels a bit busy and over done. Plus, night sky images have become quite common in the last few years, so much of the novelty has worn off. Whether the image stands up or not, I still had a great adventure, challenged my brain and learned a lot.
You can see the original version here: http://500px.com/photo/16753529/lunar-eclipse-over-mt-shasta-by-sean-bagshaw?from=user_library
You can read about the process here (old article with images missing): http://www.outdoorexposurephoto.com/photoblog/digital-image-editing-tips/57/