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This is the events site of the Boston Camera Club (BCC), the leading camera club in the Boston area, established in 1881. You can read more about the BCC here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Camera_Club or visit the club's website at http://www.bostoncameraclub.org

This meetup is primarily for members of the BCC to schedule, organize, manage and participate in the club's field trips and other events. Interested people who would like to participate in the field trips can join the meetup by either paying a field-trip-only fee of $20 per year or by paying the full membership fee of $65 for one year full club membership (students: $20 - your meetup fee will cover this, couples: $85). If you want to join the club as a full member, please sign up using the club's full website above. Once you're on the member list, you will be marked "exempt" here. Do not pay both.

BCC field trips are to gather in groups and explore intriguing, unusual, new and old places of interest, take photos and post some after the event on this site for sharing or constructive critique. Most events will be for all levels of experience and our members will be willing to assist and share their knowledge. If an event is targeted to a specific topic, we may point out the difficulty level and we will always suggest what equipment to bring.

Before you start browsing around, please take a look at the MORE-POLLS in the menu and let us know your preferences and then please review the DISCUSSIONS, also in the menu, for pointers on safety, attendance and membership rules.

We are looking forward to doing group shoots with you!

Jürgen, BCC field trip organizer

Upcoming events (2)

Ansel Adams In Our Time

Museum of Fine Arts

We will meet in the exhibit at the MFA. Admission fee is free for members or if you received a ticket from BCC last night. Some local libraries have discount tickets as well

Total Lunar Eclipse with Super Blood Wolf Moon (self-assignment)

Anywhere dark looking south

We will have a total lunar eclipse with blood moon in January! Note that this is a late night event from Sunday evening into Monday morning. Total eclipse is from 11:40 pm to 00:50 in the morning. This will be a super moon, called Wolf Moon, resulting in a Super Blood Wolf Moon. Don't be surprised about seeing Werwolfs and Vampires... Please read the information below thoroughly. You can also research how to shoot the moon and what to do and not to do online. As a very brief summary, the blood moon, the red moon at total eclipse (which lasts for a full hour!) is about 16 stops (!) darker than the full moon. Hence, your lens aperture becomes important. A full moon exposure of 1/250 s at ISO 100 and f/16 becomes a blurring exposure of 1/8 s at ISO 6400 and f/2.8. If your lens is limited to f/5.6 or f/6.3, that becomes almost a full second exposure time. The longer and faster the lens, the better results you will get. Post your questions in the comments section. We will have a full lunar eclipse visible from our location. The total eclipse is also known as "Blood Moon" because the moon suddenly turns dark red when it is fully obstructed by the Earth. Think of it as sunrise and sunset at the same time, it is the red radiation that bends around Earth and reaches the moon, while the blue radiation keeps going straight. Somewhat clear skies are needed for this event, but the moon will be high in the southern sky for this (67 degrees from horizon, marine layer doesn't matter) and we will attempt to create photos like the ones you see above and in the photos section. This is also a great opportunity for time lapse photography. Very good chances for a spectacular event, if weather cooperates. Shooting the blood moon is very challenging, this is not for everyone! The brightness of the moon drops by 16 (!) stops going from full moon to blood moon. You will need to adjust settings as the moon gets more obstructed and when it is fully obstructed, you need to quickly change from something like f/16, 1/250th second and ISO 100 to f/2.8, 1/30th second and ISO 6400 or worse. If it is windy, you will have problems holding your lens steady and if you have only one camera, you will need to do both foreground and moon shots and change lenses accordingly. This event will skip the penumbral eclipse, which only darkens the moon somewhat, it is not too exciting to shoot this and extends the timing by another 2 hours. However, if you shoot time lapse, I suggest to include it. The event will start half an hour before the partial eclipse begins and until the partial eclipse ends, about 4 hours total. Duration: 5 hours, 11 minutes, 33 seconds (penumbral to full) Duration of event: ~4 hours, for partial to full Duration of totality (blood moon): 1 hour, 1 minute, 58 seconds Penumbral eclipse begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 9:36:29 pm (we skip this) Partial begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 10:33:54 pm Az: 137°, Alt: 62° Full begins: Jan 20, 2019 at 11:41:17 pm Az: 173°, Alt: 67.3° Maximum (mid-point): Jan 21, 2019 at 12:12:14 am Az: 190°, Alt: 67.2° Full ends: Jan 21, 2019 at 12:43:15 am Az: 207°, Alt: 65.2° Partial ends: Jan 21, 2019 at 1:50:39 am Az: 235°, Alt: 57° Penumbral ends: Jan 21, 2019 at 2:48:02 am (we skip this) Here is an annotated animation for Boston:https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/usa/boston?iso=20190121 Suggested equipment: the longest lens you got, maybe with teleconverter, plus wide angle lenses for foreground imagery. If you don't own a long lens, you can rent one for 3 days. Bring your lens shade and a lens heater / hand warmers! The hand warmers go inside the lens shade in most cases, else strapped around the lens with a pony tail rubber band. This prevents condensation, which is likely to occur. If you have two cameras, bring both and two tripods. You can shoot a wide angle sequence as above, and the moon itself with the long lens. Plan for taking foreground images and layering the moon into other shots.

Past events (87)

Fall in Moore State Park

Moore State Park

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