Witnessing the super blood wolf moon last night is a memory I will never forget! I walked out onto my porch, searching for the moon. As I looked up, I turned my head and there, right above me, stood this majestic moon half covered with a deepening red shadow. After standing there speechless for several minutes, I ran inside to get my camera. I then texted several friends and family members to share the news. After setting up my tri-pod, I settled down under a warm blanket to watch the show. All I could hear was the click of my camera and the breathing of those around me. It was an amazing opportunity to witness a full lunar eclipse. In case you missed it, here are some of my Super Blood Wolf Moon 2019 photographs along with a few lessons learned!
Photographing the Super Blood Wolf Moon had its challenges
Although witnessing the full lunar eclipse left me in awe, photographing it did not. I ran across several challenges in the process.
Focusing on the moon in low light is tricky
Unlike a full moon photography session, a lunar eclipse provides a very low light situation. When I first set up my tri-pod, I struggled finding the right settings and even finding the moon in my camera.
When I finally spotted the moon, I struggled focusing on it. Honestly, it was trial an error, but I eventually found my focus.
After finding my focus, I played around with camera settings
After finding my focus on the Super Blood Wolf Moon, I played around with my camera settings. Setting my ISO to 6400 seemed a little too grainy. Hindsight, I wish I had done more research prior to this spontaneous photo shoot. According to Jennifer Wu’s Book, Photography Night Sky, the best camera settings for a full lunar eclipse are: 1/2 second, f/5.6, and ISO 1600. With a longer lens, you may need to change the shutter speed as the moon will be moving too quickly in the view finder and may cause blur.
I found this out the hard way. During our viewing and photography session of the lunar eclipse, fellow photographer/videographer Justin Ahlman stopped by to join in on the fun. He let me borrow his EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + 2.0x teleconverter lens. Unfortunately, all I got was a blurry moon. Lesson learned? The longer the lens, the faster the shutter speed needs to be.
Lesson learned? If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
Overall, I am pleased with the photos I took and look forward to trying again one day! I adjusted my camera settings and got several shots I felt proud of. While not perfect, the experience of photographing the Super Blood Wolf Moon is one I will never forget. I love being out in nature, and witnessing the miracles therein. I am glad I had this opportunity to watch this amazing event and look forward to photographing many celestial wonders in the future!
I love photographing nature and will continue to fine tune my skills the more I practice. Check out my Milky Way Shots and tutorial here! I hope you have enjoyed learning about how I photographed the 2019 Super Blood Wolf Moon. Hopefully you got to witness this for yourself. If not, at least you can see it through my photographs! Thanks for reading and sharing my adventures with me! Happy travels!
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