Lunar Eclipse

Super Moon / Blood Moon


 

As you've (probably) heard by now a rare event occured yesterday as earth's shadow eclipsed the moon for a couple hours, this made even awesomer by the moon being at its closest point from earth and this being visible from pretty much everywhere! 

So heading up with all the gear required to attempt a proper timelapse we sat on a bar rooftop with a few friends, cold beer in hand, to watch the event:

 
 

As a note to my 2033 futur-self, here are 3 Pro-TIPS to keep in mind when photographing such Astral Elements:

#1 The Moon is FAR

If you want to get crystal clear shots you actually need some serious zoom lens and a decent camera to go along. At 363,104 Km and even with a super moon, my 23Mp 6D with an all around 105mm wasn't even remotely enough to capture all the crisp details on the surface and I had to crop it to the limit to get an half decent shot.

 
23Mp on a 105mm lens, cropped to the limit. Still pretty far from a NASA-worthy shot!

 

#2 The Moon is FAST

It's not that obvious when you stare at it with your bare eyes but once you're zoomed on it quickly gets tricky to follow as the mon rise up in the sky, crossing it from west to east. In term of timelapse it means that you have to account for a rather fast intervale (mine was 10sec between each shot, at least twice too fast to get a smooth, slow motion) as well as some extra room in your framing for the moon to move (or you can crop in post if you have the luxury of a zoom lens close enough to get you all those detail we're looking for)

 
On this frame, a shot is took every 60s.
You can see how fast the moon is travelling on the frame

#3 The Moon is BRIGHT

This one may be obvious but I completely forgot about it... If you're trying to catch details on the surface of such a luminous object you' re camera settings will end up pretty much like the one you might use during day time (ever tried to take a picture of a sunset, that's the same idea) which ends up being a constrain for time lapse where you want to have long exposure for each of your shots. Next time I'll bring a dark filter.


Nonetheless this was fun and I' m looking forward my next trip back country to try again and get some pictures of the stars!

Cheers