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Lunar Eclipse Competition

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A Lunar Eclipse in Three Exposures
Credit & Copyright: Stephen Barnes skyoptics.net
Used with permission

There will be a total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15-16, 2003. It will be visible across all of North America, and at dawn on the 16th, in the U. K. and Western Europe. You can read all about it and some suggestions on how and where to photograph it in my tutorial titled Crimson Moon.

Because this is a subject that any photographer can tackle I've decided to create a competition so that we can all see how different photographers in different places handle this opportunity. Here are the rules...

The Rules

1 — All photographs submitted must be of the May 15-16, 2003 lunar eclipse. They may be taken with any equipment, anywhere, and in any style using any technique. Only ONE photograph though may be submitted to this competition.

2 — The submitter must be the original photographer or have the photographer's permission to submit. The photographer retains all rights to their photograph but provides The Luminous Landscape Inc. with the right to reproduce the photograph submitted on this web site. The photographer agrees to have their name published along with their submitted photograph.

3 — The submitter / photographer agrees to accept the prizes as awarded. The prizes have no equivalent cash value.

4 — Submitted photographs MUST adhere to the following rules. Submissions that do not follow these rules will not be accepted.

— The submitted photograph should be a JPG file at 72 DPI. The longest dimension (height or width) must not be more than 600 pixels.

— The image should be attached to an email which also contains the following information, in the following order...

— Photographers NAME, Country / State or Province / City or Town

— A brief description of the equipment and techniques used. (Do not provide a complete EXIF listing. This is boring.)

— Any brief additional comments about the shooting situation that you think others might be interested in reading. Comments on any particular challenges that you faced in making the image will be worth commenting on as well as any technical issues encountered.

The Challenge

Don't just take a photograph of the moon (though even this won't be technically easy because of the low light levels). Try and include an interesting foreground, as seen below, or do something creative, such as seen in the example at the top of this page.


Mt. Tremblant Moonrise — Quebec. January, 2003
Canon EOS 1Ds with 300mm f/2.8L and 1.4X @ ISO 250

The Prizes

There will be three prizes awarded.

First Prize: A one year subscription (or renewal) to The Luminous Landscape Video Journal along with 5 back issues, worth $185

Second Prize: A one year subscription (or renewal) to The Luminous Landscape Video Journal, worth $100

Third Prize: A The Luminous landscape Video Journal back issue of the winner's choice, worth $30.

Additional submissions may also be published and given honourable mentions.

What to Do Next

Re-read Crimson Moon so you have an idea of the technical challenge that faces you. Re-read the rules. Plan where you're going to be to shoot the eclipse. Submit your entry.

The contest opens for submissions on Saturday, May 17th and closes Saturday, May 24th. The winning submissions will be announced and published here on Sunday, May 25th.

Enter your submission (but not before Saturday the 17th) by sending an e-mail with the JPG file attached to The Luminous Landscape. Please put the word Eclipse in the subject line.

Have fun and good luck!

The Winners

I received a very large number of submissions to the Eclipse photograph contest, and many of them were excellent. It was difficult narrowing the field and declaring winners, but here they are — The winners of the Luminous Landscape Eclipse Photograph Contest.

— Michael


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Entities: North America, EXIF, Michael Reichmann, Western Europe

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