31 Jan 2018. A rare chance to witness the rare super blue blood moon. What a long name i thought. It has its reason.
The local news reported the last time a lunar eclipse, a blue moon and a supermoon that appeared was back in 1866
Fast forward to 2018, that was a century and a half ago!
Spare you guys the details about what is this rare super blue blood moon about, you can easily read it on the internet news or science webpage that announced this.
I nearly missed out the opportunity to capture this phenomenal event. Because i was extremely tired from my daily work, the night before i didn’t sleep well because i was too happy or excited about something. I was supposed to meet a friend for a sunset photo shoot followed by the viewing of the moon. But i was too exhausted that i have to retreat at home, continue to do other work. What prompted me to capture the image of the blood moon was because a friend posted a picture on his Facebook. He got a very clear picture of the blood moon, i thought i wouldn’t be able to see it because of the cloud.
I quickly charge out of the house, went downstairs, saw a group of people looking up, i looked up as well, it was my first time seeing a blood moon, although it was a bit foggy and cloudy, it is still clearly visible to the naked eyes. I ran back home, grabbed my gears and went to the top of a multi-storey carpark, set up the tripod and camera to start taking images. For your info, my previous attempt at taking pictures of the moon in such close up was like a decade ago, and it fails badly.
Using a 70-200mm F/4 lens on my 5D Mk III. I was extremely lucky to capture the blood moon because it was nearing the end of the maximum eclipse. I simply love how science work today, the scientist able to provide a precise timing of what’s going to happen next. From the beginning of penumbral eclipse to partial, full eclipse and maximum eclipse – such data allows us to keep track of the changes.
That night I was accompanied by another 2 guys photographing the process as well. We didn’t had any chat anyway. This three in one extravaganza is a once in a lifetime opportunity, i suddenly felt alive and recharge. I ended up standing more than one hour in the cooling night, capture 121 RAW images. I’ve witnessed the entire transition period – i felt thankful, have quiet words of gratitude to the universe. I was very happy to make a proper exposure to see the details of the moon.
Hope you liked the picture above i created for you. Out of 121 images i converted 14 images, it was quite a challenge for the post-processing part because i seldom set the camera in a very high ISO. Still, i do my best and this is the end result you see. I stack the moon this way is because that was the way it moved. I also throw in some fake stars to make the picture a little bit more lively. The next Super Blue Blood Moon will take place 10 years later, if am still alive, i will see it for sure.
I hope you like what you see, do help me to share if you like it.