Howl at the moon!

As we are coming to the end of the first quarter of 2019, I thought I would look back at a celestial event that has taken place earlier in the year. Today I am sharing how I have gone about photographing the moon.

Back on 21st January we were lucky enough to witness an eclipse of the moon. This eclipse coincided with a super moon. This is when the moon appears larger in the night sky. The resulting view was of a large copper red moon in the early hours of the morning.

I dragged myself out of bed at about 4.30 and pointed my telezoom lens up to the sky.

Photographing the moon

The moon can be really tricky to photograph, as it is actually a lot brighter than you would expect.

During an eclipse, it is even trickier as the light level is constantly changing. So to prevent burning out the highlights or creating motion blur I set my camera up on a tripod and set it to 0.3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200.

I was really pleased with the results! I was particularly chuffed to get the shot of the vapour trails from a passing plane track across the eclipsed moon!

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