Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

When I stepped outside earlier this evening, I thought the night would be one filled with disappointment. I looked around the sky and easily located the moon. But, it was obscured by clouds. Still, I headed out to Stanford University. Just in case the sky did not clear up, I could still practice some night photography.

I wandered around the campus and returned to Memorial Church as the eclipse began. Fortunately, the sky cleared up in time. I experimented with focus stacking for the first time (i.e., focus on the church, focus on the moon, and blend in Photoshop).

The bright dot by the cross is Mars.

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, ISO 100, 75mm, f/2.8

Here’s a close-up of the blood moon.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8, 3.0s

I had posted the above image at first because it was brighter. But, this earlier photo is a lot sharper, although I had to adjust the shadows in Photoshop. Maybe there was some motion blur since it was a 3 second exposure.

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Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, ISO 100, 200mm, f/2.8, 1.0s

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