Even though I was unable to photograph this morning’s Blood Moon, I thought I would post my images from the earlier Blood Moon that appeared in April.  Capturing the moon is not that difficult.  However, it is crucial to remember that the moon is an object in motion.  Your first thought might be to lengthen your shutter speed because of the night sky.  But doing this will only make the moon seem elongated, because it is moving.  No, you must shoot at a fast shutter speed and make your adjustments with lens aperture and ISO settings.  Depending on your camera, you should be able to go up to an ISO setting of around 1600.  Depending on your lens, you should be able to utilize at least an aperture setting of 2.8.  The with you camera in Manual mode, expose for the moon rather than the sky.  It is very bright when it is full.  But you will need to definitely adjust your settings if you are attempting an eclipse.  Obviously the more the moon is eclipsed, the dimmer it becomes.

At the beginning of the eclipse, shot at ISO 100, f2.8, 200mm, 1/1000.


Coming out of the eclipse as the moon reflects all of the various sunrises and sunsets from the Earth.  During this stage, care must be taken to achieve an adequate exposure as the moon is much dimmer.  This image is ISO 1600, f/2.8, 200mm, 1/30.


Good luck with you moon shots!


~ by photographyfree4all on October 8, 2014.

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