Golden Gate Photo - Lunar Eclipse of May 15, 2003
Fine Art Photography of the Total Lunar Eclipse of May 15, 2003 over San Francisco.


At approximately 7:00 PM on May 15, 2003, the Moon rose in the east-southeast already near totality, almost completely engulfed in the shadow of the Earth. Between 8:14 and 9:06 PM (Pacific Daylight Time), the Moon was inside the umbra, in the darker inner portion of the Earth's shadow. These images were taken from a location along the Marin Headlands Road, looking back to the southeast, through the Golden Gate Bridge, to the San Francisco skyline.

Before the Moonrise

Before the Moonrise

This was taken at about the time the Moon was expected to rise. The close-up of the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge is where the Moon would have first been seen from my vantage point, had their been less haze in the air on this day. Quite coincidentally, this same vantage resulted in a nice portrait of the TransAmerica Pyramid in the top opening of the tower.

Print No. A03-14-3

Lunar Eclipse - First View

Lunar Eclipse - First View

Taken at approximately 8:50 PM, this was the first clear view of the Moon over the city. At this point the Moon is in totality, even though a small sliver on the left-hand side is a little brighter. This part is in the umbra, the outer portion of the Earth's shadow that doesn't completely darken the Moon due to the refracting and scattering of light around the Earth's atmosphere.

Print No. A03-14-4

Lunar Eclipse - Time Lapse Sequence

Lunar Eclipse - Time Lapse Sequence

This multiple exposure was taken between 9:05 and 10:00 PM, and consists of 12 exposures, each about 1 to 2 seconds long, and separated by about 5 minutes. The camera's aperature was left open the entire time, but was thoroughly covered between exposures, resulting in a sequence preserved on one piece of film.

Print No. A03-14-8


Lunar Eclipse - Time Lapse Sequence

Lunar Eclipse - Time Lapse Sequence Close-Up

Here is a closer view of the 12 exposures of the Moon from above. In this sequence, the Moon is coming out of totality in the 3rd exposure from the bottom, and shows the significant difference in the brightness between the directly sunlit Moon, and the Moon in the umbra.


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