Airplane crosses a partially eclipsed moon.
On the evening of the 14th the Moon will be full and eclipsed by the earth. The maximum (midpoint) of the total eclipse occurs just before midnight. Here is a chart from Nasa followed by times in Pacific Daylight time and Universal time. Do note that the date of the 15th is UTC, the time it will be in London. Londoners will not be able to see this eclipse except for the penumbral stage.
• 8:53 PM PDT / 04:53:37 UT Penumbral Eclipse Begins
• 9:58 PM PDT / 05:58:19 UT Partial Eclipse Begins
• 11:06 PM PDT / 07:06:47 UT Total Eclipse Begins
• 11:45 PM PDT / 07:45:40 UT Greatest Eclipse
• 12:24 AM PDT / 08:24:35 UT Total Eclipse Ends
• 1:33 AM PDT / 09:33:04 UT Partial Eclipse Ends
• 2:37 AM PDT / 10:37:37 UT Penumbral Eclipse Ends
Because the moon will be almost directly overhead for us in California, it will be very difficult to get anything BUT the moon in the shot during totality. Moreover, if you can compose the shot in a way to get something else in it (like looking up from the base of a tall building), your foreground is likely to be way out of focus and the moon will appear small. THEREFORE we at StarCircleAcademy.com recommend the following course of action:
Get your largest Telephoto lens and/or Telescope and attempt to capture the moon alone. How large? Anything up to 2000 mm, but preferably larger than 100mm. The good news is that totality lasts quite long - about an hour and a half so you have plenty of time to takes shots while waiting for clouds to drift through or away.
Thin clouds make a halo around a totally eclipsed moon
A normal moon exposure to get detail is on the order of f/9, ISO 200, 1/100th of a second, however the ECLIPSED moon will require much higher ISO and a longer exposure which may result in some smearing of lunar details. What settings? f/5.6, ISO 1000, 2 seconds
Creative Ideas To Consider
Using a wider lens, you can attempt to capture the moon as it enters and/or exits totality. Take shots every 2 minutes (or more frequently) and you can then combine them to form a sequence like this.
See the articles here and here. These shots of the sun were taken about every 30 seconds, but I only combined shots that were taken four minutes apart.
Sequence of an Annular Solar Eclipse