Lunar Eclipse/Blood Moon 28/9/15

I had heard about the coming Lunar Eclipse and Blood moon, which would be visible in the US and England. Unfortunately my work commitments meant that I was not going to be able to stay awake for the whole event. In fact, I did not even set the alarm clock to wake me up for the event. My thinking was that if I waken naturally, then I will get up and photograph this event. And as you would have it, I was woken by nature’s call due to trying to keep myself well hydrated. Hence I decided to go out and take pictures of the moon after 2am UK time.

Prior to the blood moon on Sunday evening during the mid-Autumn festival, I decided to take my Olympus E-P5 and Panasonic 100-300mm lens to shoot the full moon. I had thought that at least I would have photographed this, if I could not photograph the blood moon.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

But since I woke up naturally, I decided to use my Sony A6000 + Sony 500mm F8 Mirror reflex lens with Sony LA-EA4, using manual focus, mounted on my Giottos tripod to photograph the lunar eclipse. I did take a fair few photos, and hence I’ve made it into a video.

These are the single images which I took that night.

My first photo of the lunar eclipse
My first photo of the lunar eclipse
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Lunar eclipse progressing
Blood moon starting to be visible
Blood moon starting to be visible
Nearly full lunar eclipse
Nearly full lunar eclipse
Full lunar eclipse with blood moon
Full lunar eclipse with blood moon
Full lunar eclipse shot with Olympus E-P5 + Panasonic 100-300mm lens @ 300mm
Full lunar eclipse shot with Olympus E-P5 + Panasonic 100-300mm lens @ 300mm

It looks like this Moon cake festival, the moon is the focus of attention rather than the cake. I’m pleased I managed to photograph this event, as the sky was so clear over Oxford. I did wake my wife up so she could also share this special moment with me.

There is no guarantee that I will be able to photograph this event in 2033, as no one can guarantee the weather on that night. So at least this is another thing I’ve managed to photograph. Great!

Boon