Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Blood Moon Challenge

This past week we had the blood moon for all the world to see, unless you were covered by clouds. We had the clouds in our area of the world. However the weather was perfect. A light warm breeze that made waiting outside a very nice experience. What I thought was going to be relatively easy turned into one of the more difficult image captures I have had in a long time.

In all, I was working the camera for a little over an hour trying to time a shot between the cloud movement. The earth and moon movement. So every time there was a break in the clouds I had to recompose the shot and manually focus quickly before the next round of clouds. It proved very challenging.

This first image shows the clouds floating by. I shot this around one second to capture the streaking clouds. Not the greatest of images, however it does show the incredible light intensity between both halves of the moon. It almost looks like the moon is reentering earth's atmosphere.

As far as gear went, I was using the OMD EM-1 on tripod. The lens was the 40-150mm/2.8 with the 1.5x extender. So the camera was reaching out to 420mm. Post processing was straight out of camera for the first two shots. Processed through Capture One.

Blood Moon in Clouds Half thru the process. Captured with Olympus OMD EM-1 on tripod.
This is the image worth working for. Finally had time between cloud clusters to get a good image. I like this one for the way the clouds frame the moon. This was also at the peak of the eclipse with the moon being most "bloody". Cropping was the only thing done to the image in order to zoom in on the moon plus reposition in the sky.
The capture of the night! Olympus OMD EM-1 on tripod.
The last image is my personal favorite of the night. This was created using Topaz Star Effects, which has some really nice ways to bring out the star burst. Other than the star effects, nothing else was done to the image.
My vision of how the moon was presented in the sky that evening. In an other worldly fashion.
So if this moon event only happens once every 33 years, I am happy with what was captures in the skies above me. Given the cloudy conditions for what they were. Just think what camera gear will be available 33 years from now to capture the next blood moon? Take care and safe travels.