Full lunar eclipse and “Blood Moon”
On Wednesday October 8 we were treated to a relatively rare event – a total lunar eclipse, including a red “blood moon” in the skies above Tasmania.
The event was nicely timed, starting fairly shortly after dark with the peak of the eclipse, the so-called “blood moon” looming over the city from around 8:30pm.
At first it seemed the clouds were going to ruin the spectacle but as it turned out they added some very nice mystique to the photos 🙂
At first, the moon lost none of its usual colour, and to the casual observer it could have easily appeared that nothing unusual was going on. But as the photographs show, the moon was slowly disappearing and a distinctive red hue was starting to dominate.
Photographing the Lunar Eclipse with Interval Composite Shooting Mode
At the peak of the blood moon I attempted some composite images. The first one below consisted of 9 exposures taken 2 minutes apart, using the “Interval Composite” drive mode. This means selecting your interval (ie length of time between exposures) and the number of exposures you’d like to combine into one image. The second image below was one image taken every 2 minutes and 45 seconds which allowed for some space between “moons”. The reason some “moons” are missing is cloud cover.
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