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.

Super Moon

My picture of the Super Moon – otherwise known as a ‘perigee moon’.
Okay, it was taken a day late – but I still think it works.
Nikon D800, 70-300 lens @ 300. ISO 640, f16 at 1/600 sec

Half Moon

A grab shot of the moon taken at 12.30 am this morning looking due west from our house in Harlow. The moon was very low in the sky and brightly lit with this orangey yellow glow.

This was handheld, with the D800 racked up to ISO 1600 and the aperture wide open at f/5.6 on my 300mm lens. It gave me a shutter speed of 1/125, just about enough with the camera held tight against a window frame for some extra support. Of course, a tripod would have been better, but the clouds were moving quickly around the moon and taking the time to find a tripod I guess that I might have missed the shot.

It’s a liitle soft around the lower arc of the moon, but there is some good detail in the craters along the top edge, so I’m reasonably pleased. Maybe 6 out of 10!!