Blood moon lunar eclipse April 2015.
Fresh from Photo 101 class, I am still in my inspired, creative cocoon. Wait a few weeks down the road and I will be as dry as the Sahara dessert, barren and without inspiration. It will probably take me months again to pick up my camera and start shooting. Such is my creative cycle, it waxes and wanes like the moon, unless a sudden burst of inspiration comes up!
Why blood moon?
In recent years, the term Blood Moon has become popular when referring to Total Lunar Eclipses. When the Earth eclipses a full Moon, the direct sunlight is blocked, but the sun’s rays still light up the moon. This light, however, has travelled through the Earth’s atmosphere first, and sometimes causes the totally eclipsed Moon to look red or brownish. http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html
So last night was a full moon. This was my second attempt (the first one was years ago) at taking photos of the moon using my big girl cam in the manual settings. I was getting ready for the lunar eclipse the next morning. Nothing fancy here, just a simple straight shot of our moon.
But before that, there was this. “I see two moons!” Nah, I was still playing around with the settings trying to get it right.
Newly armed with confidence after a couple of test shots, I set my alarm clock early the next morning for my blood moon date. After a not-so-rough night trying to catch some sleep (must be that green tea I had for dinner), my alarm clock goes off, I hastily change, go outside and check out where the moon was. From my neighborhood vista, it was in between rooftops. The eclipse has already started about a quarter covering the moon. The East coast is supposedly NOT going to see a total cover but that didn’t deter me. I quickly gather my equipment, set up my tripod outside our driveway and then realize the moon was setting SO fast!
In my mind, oh I am so not getting this shot…. I adjusted my settings, took the first shot, sh*t, my tripod is acting up. No, too dark. No, too blurry. Then I discover our neighbor was getting ready to leave, his car was blocking my view! I moved away to exclude him from my viewfinder and tweaked my settings again, took a shot, NO, then adjusted some more. And of course, the moon wasn’t going to wait for me. These darn rooftops are blocking my view! Too many obstructions! My heart was beating so fast I couldn’t think straight. And in no more than five minutes, it was over.
No words can describe such lousy photos! Tip: Wake up at least 30 minutes earlier than the announced time for your area. You can adjust your equipment way ahead and will not be in a rush to fix everything. Or better yet, an open field would be so nice! Next time, I will do better. There is supposedly another total lunar eclipse in September of this year. Hopefully, it will go my way. Lessons learned.
Such is life.
Before I go, I will leave you with this thought for the weekend.