Photographing the Lunar Eclipse

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REM Eiland

Haparandadam 45hs · Amsterdam

How to find us

We will meet in the parking lot in front of the REM island cafe. There we'll have a 360 degree view of the horizon.

Location image of event venue


Join us on July 27th for an astronomical spectacular Amsterdam photography workshop, were we will be photographing the lunar eclipse.

This event is free.

The second total lunar eclipse of 2018 will be visible from Amsterdam, as well as parts of Australia, Asia, Africa and South America. Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century.

The duration of the full eclipse will be 1 hour, 43 minutes. But the first part of the eclipse will not be visible in Amsterdam, since the moon will be below the horizon.

Arrival time & meeting point

This will be a very slow moving event. Hence we recommend you arrive at the time that fits you best (see time indications below). The REM island (which today is a peer) will provide us with space for our tripods, a wide view of the horizon and a nice breeze on the warmest day of this week. We will gather at the parking area in front of the REM Island Cafe.

The peer is reachable by foot, bike and car. Be aware that the Houthavens area is under construction. The easiest way to enter the peer is from the Haparandaweg. It is then a straight shot ahead to the meeting point, rather than navigating your way through the Houthavens construction area.

What will happen when?

20:30: The moon should be clearly visible in the sky.

We have been keeping a close eye on the moon's movement this week, and contrary to certain websites, the moon is clearly visible at this point. Those wanting to practice are more than welcome to join early. We will be on site from 20:30 onwards.

21:30: The full eclipse starts

For those with shorter attention and mainly want to photograph the main event, we recommend showing up around 21:15. You then have time to set-up and fine tune your settings before the full eclipse starts.

22:21: The eclipse will be at it's maximum
23:13: The full eclipse ends

Those wanting to stay longer to continue photographing the end of the partial- and penumbral eclipse are more than welcome to do so.

What to bring & how to shoot

Bring your tripod and your lens that can zoom the farthest (highest mm number). The moon will be small in your viewfinder, so remember to take your photo in the largest size possible. It will give you the best result to crop later.

As a general rule, aim to take the photo faster than the amount of millimeters on your lens. Eg. with a 300mm lens, aim to take the photo at 1/300 sec or faster. This should give you a great starting point to adjust your other camera settings. Depending on the quality of your camera's sensor and lens, the recommended ISO and aperture settings will vary.

Have fun & experiment

It will be Friday night, so anyone wanting to bring snacks and refreshments are highly encourage to do so. We encourage all participants to share their recommended settings during the event, learn from each other and be inspired to experiment with different techniques and approaches.