This week saw the longest partial lunar eclipse in 580 year. Photographers around the globe tried their best to capture this once-in-a lifetime event. Andrew McCarthy, a photographer, went above and beyond to capture thousands of photos in order to create an amazing composite of the eclipse.
McCarthy tells PETAPIXEL that he planned the shot during the total lunar eclipse back in May. “Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the entire eclipse because of my geographical limitations.
“I was able capture the entire sequence, from start to finish, because of the timing of the eclipse and its location in the sky. I was able to capture every stage of the eclipse detail.
McCarthy set up three cameras and three telescopes in his backyard to capture the eclipse.
The photographer says that at first, he had a vision that each photo would be overlapping just enough to create a circular shadow showing the circular shape Earth’s shadow. “However, this has been done before and I wanted something different.
“By placing each image in these positions, it gave the composition a greater depth and really helped illustrate what is being looked at, which is a shadowed globe.”
McCarthy gathered thousands of photos from different phases of the eclipse to create a high-definition moon photo. Each phase was composed of photos taken with three different telescopes, using different exposure settings and cameras (to capture as much detail on both the illuminated and shadowed sides).
The last composite photo, An Evening In the Shadows features 7 of the most detailed moon phases. It has a huge full-size resolution (356-megapixel).
The November 19th partial lunar eclipse was the longest since 1440. It will continue to hold that title until 2669.
McCarthy’s website has a lot of information that can be used to purchase a print or a composite photo. Patreon allows you to follow his work and get great perks.