The Moon of Blood… Or Cheese?

I’ve never tried to take photos of the moon before. I don’t know why, I’m quite fascinated by astronomy but I don’t really know a lot about it. I was SO looking forward to the Blood Moon this weekend. I even put a calendar entry in my phone for “Pink Moon” to remind myself. I organised my day around it, getting home in time (on a Saturday night, no less) to set up and get some shots.

The night before, I took some test shots from my driveway. It’s been a rainy and miserable week or so here in Brisbane and it’s been very cloudy and overcast, with rain in the evenings and overnight. My test shots I took with my 60mm (120mm equivalent) lens because I’m in love with it 😉   I should have used my larger zoom lens, but I was just testing and it was about 9pm and spitting rain, so I just stuck with it. Here’s one of the test shots:

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The moon is overexposed in order to bring out some detail elsewhere in the image and as such it’s grainy as well. I needed to do some reading!!

Then came the night of the blood moon. I did the required reading in the morning about how to take photos of the moon and I was ready! I went out shopping for the day and got home at about 7:30pm. My phone rang as I was beginning to cook missG’s lamb chop, so I settled in for a 30 minute chat with a good friend.

And I promptly forgot about the moon.

I’ve been watching Game of Thrones from the beginning again, so I curled up on the couch for the evening, watching the Lannisters playing their evil games. I went to bed at about 10pm (which is very early for me) but missG had been home alone all day sleeping so she wanted to play. There were some noises outside on the street as people were walking home and it was then that I remembered the moon!

I put on the 40-150mm zoom lens (up to 300mm equivalent) and went out to see what I could see. I didn’t realise how far the moon moves each day. Its position had moved to directly overhead and the clouds were out in full force, the moon just barely peeking through. I managed to get this shot below, it was my first shot pointing the camera straight up, handheld (I can’t figure out how to make my tripod point my camera straight up LOL). This shot is clouded and all shots after this were too cloud-covered. I think I could see the moon for about 2 minutes in total. This photo is taken before the full eclipse has happened, so I didn’t even get to see the red tint from the sun reflection. It started to rain again after about 20 minutes and the clouds didn’t allow the moon to appear again so I gave up at about 11:30pm and went back to bed.

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I wasn’t going to share these photos, because they really aren’t very good, but it was all in the name of experimentation, I can only improve (hopefully)!!

Apparently, I can try again in 2018! I will be ready. But my mum tells me that it’s in January, so we’ll probably have more rain and clouds 😉

Did anyone else have any luck?

x desleyjane

 

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23 Comments Add yours

  1. naleeyatan says:

    Reblogged this on aleeyatanofficial and commented:
    Thank God i’m lucky yesterday was my second time watching the moon eclipse (blood moon). Unfortunately, i didn’t get even a single photo of it, how sad. Anyway, I’m looking forward for another eclipse. How was your story bout the blood moon? 😉😉

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you for the reblog 🙂

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      1. naleeyatan says:

        Pleasure :))

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  2. nalinki says:

    LOL, this reminds me when all news were forecasting high falling stars activity and I packed all my gear to get out as soon as it was dark enough. I turned on the TV and woke up at 4:30 o’clock in the morning, I took nice pictures of the sunrise though 🙂

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Ha! Yes quite frustrating but at least you got good sunrise pics!!

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  3. Lol loved this! When you’re here I’ll tell you my stories about shooting the moon. You’re ok! Believe me. And you still made very good shots.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks luv. It was very frustrating and I wasn’t going to write it up but I thought, why not?! 😄

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      1. Never say ‘why yes’? You see that great things are born otherwise. Xxx

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  4. I think you did very well. Showing up is the first criteria for success. Here in Auckland the Blood Moon was making its appearance at 1:00 AM and I just couldn’t drag my butt out of bed to photograph it (thus, I only exhibit 2 of the 3 withdrawal symptoms for Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab). I did manage to see a Blood Moon in New York back in the wee hours in December 2010 (due to a bout of insomnia) but unfortunately, I wasn’t addicted to photography yet so I have no images to share of the moment.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Lisa, I was pretty happy with that one shot of the eclipsed moon. It was tricky to get and I learnt some new techniques! I’m so glad you saw it in NY – how marvellous!

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  5. Amy Sampson says:

    It was around 6am here. I got up a few minutes before 6, and the fog was so thick, I went right back to bed. Well, not right back to bed. I messaged someone else who was up hoping for a shot, then I went back to bed. A short time later, I got an IM ping. I ignored it. When I got up for work, I saw that it was my friend telling me the fog lifted. I missed it! You’re lucky to have seen it.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh! You missed it! Well, I technically missed the actual red part, but I was glad to have seen the eclipse in action, even if only for a few short minutes. Next time, hey?!

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      1. Amy Sampson says:

        Yeah, next time. I did get to see all kinds of great photos of it (including yours), so I’m not too bummed about it.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Well, I’ve decided to do some more moon shots, get some practice in between now and 2018 LOL.

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          1. Amy Sampson says:

            Maybe I should do the same. We’ll be pros by then. 🙂

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  6. Andy Townend says:

    I love that second shot, it has a misty poetic quality about it!

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Andy, I appreciate that.

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  7. This is seriously wow you might not have seen the blood bit but wow, excellent shots, love this x

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you! I’m going to try again with no clouds and see if I can sort out the technique. X

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      1. you did really well x

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