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Cloud Spoilt My Shoot, So Here’s A Consolation Moon

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I went out on a scouting mission today to find a spot where I could frame a ruin Windmill as a foreground to the Super Moon Rise. Everything was looking good…….until a large rain storm blew across the horizon. It remained for a few hours blocking the view of the Moon Rise.

I don’t normally shoot a full moon without any other elements in the shot, but decided to take this shot as a consolation prize.

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Full Moon February 2019
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Moon Halo Over The Algarve

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Tonight there is a Moon Halo or to give it the correct name a 22 Degree Halo which is used to describe the amount of light that is bending to create the effect.

It is caused by the light being diffracted twice by entering and exiting ice crystals high up in the atmosphere.

I have seen one before, but not as bright as this one, it is certainly a stunning view.

Here are a couple of photos I shot.

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22 Degree Moon Halo
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Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019

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Originally, I didn’t plan on getting up to photograph the Eclipse as I was hosting a Photography Workshop this morning, but I just couldn’t resist.

The full eclipse was scheduled for 5:12am, so I put my camera and tripod ready to grab in the kitchen and set my alarm for 5:00am.

Dazed and wondering what was going on, I stumbled out of bed and took a look outside to see a completely clear star-filled sky with a bright orange moon.

Even though it was classed as a total Eclipse, here in Western Europe, we were right on the edge and therefore, the moon retained a slight portion with a white glow. I decided that as this was going to be a quick shot and back to bed for a few hours I hoped to shoot the moon without any other framing or elements, but bring out detail in some of the stars.

Normally, to get a shot exposed for both moon and stars is near impossible even with a dark eclipsed moon and I had bracketed (taking multiple shots with + and – exposure settings) with the idea to merge two shots together. However, on this occasion I was pleasantly surprised to have captured this shot as one single exposure.

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Lunar Eclipse January 21st 2019
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Reminder: Lunar Eclipse Overnight

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In the early hours of Monday 21st January there will be the last total Lunar Eclipse until May 2021. You’ll have to either stay up late or get up early to witness the “Super Blood Wolf Moon”, the times are shown below;


I’m not sure if I’ll be grabbing some photos yet as I’ve an early start in the morning with a Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop, but I might sneak a quick snap in the early hours.

More information can be found at Time and Date’s Website.

Here are a couple of photos I took of the last Lunar Eclipse back on 27th July this year.

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Lunar Eclipse July 2018
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More Geminids!

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It was a last-minute decision to set the camera up tonight (or should I actually say this morning!) and only because I saw quite a few bright slow-moving Meteors streaming across the skies.

As I didn’t have any plans, I decided to just stand in front of the camera for one of the shots. This photo is made up of a selection of photos from the camera taking a 15 sec exposure every 17 seconds for 45 minutes. As you can see, there were plenty of “Shooting Stars” coming across the skies tonight!

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Geminids 2018
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Geminid Shooting Stars

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After posting my Short Guide to Shooting the Geminid Meteors yesterday, I got out at midnight to try to capture some. Last night didn’t really give the show I was hoping for but still managed to capture some. I left the camera on a timelapse taking a shot every 20 seconds. I didn’t use all of the shots as the front of the lens ended up with some condensation forming, but I used 112 of them and merged them all together to give a star trail effect. There are 15 meteors in the shot, can you spot them all? As you can see, I got some headlights on the nearby IC1 too.

They will also be present tonight (and indeed for a few more nights), so it’s not too late if you want to try to capture some.

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Geminids Among the Star Trails
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