Blood Moon

Lunar Eclipse

It’s not easy to photograph the moon. It’s remarkable how much it reflects. So the rare lunar eclipse on April 14, 2014 was quite an opportunity – a blood moon, bathed in orangish red hues.

Not having a lens to pull it all in, my strategy was to frame the space around the moon with pinpoint lights from the planet Mars and star Spica from the constellation Virgo (thanks friend Nils Ribi). I used a high ISO to keep the shutter speed as fast as possible (ISO 3200), which also produced a graininess that accentuated the sky.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 70-300mm VR f4.5-5.6
Shutter: 1/3 second
Aperture: f5.6
Focal Length: 300mm

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