BLOOD MOON by John Allen

Not taken at the absolute full moon – or at the eclipse, unfortunately, when East Anglia appeared to be blanketed in cloud, preventing any view at all of the moon.

This was taken two nights earlier, using the Olympus E-M1 Mk II with a 300 mm lens ( 600mm the 35mm equivalent ) ISO 2000 to give me a shutter speed of 1/500 at f/8, all on a secure tripod and triggered with a wireless remote. I wanted that high shutter speed because it’s surprising how quickly the moon appears to move when you are looking at it through the viewfinder of a camera!!

I also had to play with the White Balance to get the colour in the image. At Auto White Balance it kept recording at almost black and white monochrome.

Harlow Deer

Taken in the woods near Latton Common, Harlow, Essex. These deer roam this northern part of Epping Forest.

Olympus OMD EM-1, 75-300mmm lens at 300mm, tripod + wireless release, ISO 400 f/6.7 at 1/5 sec ( it was dark in amongst the trees and, in the main, they ( the deer ) weren’t moving about – just having a good look at me! )