Blood Moon
Posted by: David Arnspiger on April 15th, 2014

The night of April 14th and morning of April 15th, 2014 brough us a full eclipse of the moon, also known as a 'Blood Moon'. I wasn't going to shoot it until I looked at some cool photos on another site that inspired me to try. I had shot plenty of moon shots prior to this, and was bored with the concept. I am really glad I changed my mind.

I took out my good tripod, my Canon 5D Mk II camera and my 70-200 f4 L series telephoto lens. I also had a manual shutter release. I started to set up in front of my house and realized I would be fighting the street lights the whole evening, so I moved to the near dark of my backyard. We are having another blood moon in the Fall, and I think for that one I will set up in the desert in pure darkness. I would really like to try to capture it with stars in the background if possible.

I set my shutter at 1/250th of a second, f8 and ISO at 100. I used these setting to shoot all of the phases up to the full eclipse. They worked great. Then the blood moon started and I started to fiddle with my settings, adjusting speed and ISO at first then combos of everything. I never got what I wanted from it. I did finally figure out some decent settings using some exposure bracketing, but I had left my ISO all the way up at 6400 and I got the noisiest images possible.

I was not happy with them. I was able to adjust and salvage some of my earlier darker shots to complete my planned image of the phases. I have also included one longer exposure image that captures the idea along with another planet in the shot. It's either Mars or Saturn which were in the area of the moon.

I hope you like what I have captured here. Please let me know what you think via our Facebook or Google Plus pages.