Shooting Challenge: Super Lunar Eclipse

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This Sunday, for the first time since 1982, the super moon will combine with the lunar eclipse. And for this week’s Shooting Challenge, we want you to photograph it.


The Challenge

Take a photograph of the super moon eclipse—use any technique you like.

The Method

Just so you’re aware, you’ll see the moon during the full eclipse! And you don’t have to wear glasses or anything! The earth gets between the sun and the moon, which will paint the moon red. Photographing that alone will look spectacular.

Here’s a schedule of the event to plan.

For those who wish to do a single long, comet-like exposure, or stack multiple exposures to show a sequence of the event, or even hook their camera up to a telescope, Nikon has a tutorial that’s got you covered. And you’ll find additional, very specific f-stop information here.

The Example

Our lead shot is by George M Groutas, photographed back in March of 2007. I actually dig the massive amount of black space in the photo, dotted by a few stars.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, September 28th at 10AM Eastern to with “Moon” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameMoon.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameMoonWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!



Lunar eclipse peak totality: 21:47 9/27 (local time). Contest deadline 09:00 9/28 (local time).

So... less than 12 hours to sleep, download, process RAW images, fiddle with output settings to meet contest requirements, upload, and write a story. My high school yearbook instructor wasn’t that harsh with deadlines, and that was for a grade.