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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Wolf Moon) – 10th January 2020

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Tonight’s full moon, known as the Wolf Moon in January was also a Penumbral Eclipse. A Penumbral Eclipse is when the Earth blocks the sunlight reaching the moon’s surface, but in this instance, only a small section of the Earth’s outer shadow (known as the Penumbra) covers the moon.

If you look closely, using the moon as a clock face you will notice a darker shadow at between 4 and 5 o’clock.

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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (Wolf Moon) - 10th January 2020
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Minimalistic Moon Rise

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A last minute plan of a Full Moon Rise went as I suspected…….badly. I had a feeling that what I had planned wasn’t going to work and I was right, but it was still worth the drive to the dam of the Barragem de Odelouca. I arrived just after sunset and could hear what I thought was Barn Owls at the actual dam, then looking overhead I saw the shape of Red-necked Nightjar which was soon confirmed when it landed and started it’s “raygun” sounding call.

Realising the shot was not to be, I decided to go for a Plan B shot and went to a totally minimalistic silhouette shot of it rising behind the distant tree line.


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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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Supermoon from Portugal

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Finally! I’ve managed to pick the camera up since moving to Portugal! It was a rush to get in the right spot (even though it’s in the land next to ours!).

I couldn’t turn down the Supermoon. It’s not the greatest quality shot but considering it was a bit of a rush to set everything up, I’m just happy to have a photo to show.

The photo is made up from 2 separate shots of the scene. One focused and metered on the Moon and the other on the landscape with a remote flash to light the ruin. A camera can’t capture a shot like this in one photo like the human eye can see it, so it’s the only way to capture it. The 2 shots have then been merged in Photoshop.

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Last night’s “Blue Moon”

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There was a lot of mention of the “Blue Moon” and I think a lot of people were expecting something special…… However, a Blue Moon is simply the 2nd Full Moon in one calendar month, which is quite rare, hence the term “Once in a Blue Moon”.

I didn’t want to get the usual close up shot but wanted to frame it with something else. Using Sundroid (Android App for tracking the Moon and Sun) I worked out it would be rising from behind a ridge in the distance. For those that know, the Church is in Hanbury, Staffordshire.

Using my 80-400mm at 250mm, the shot was framed quite nice. However, I had to take 2 shots in succession of the same scene with different exposures. One to capture the landscape (with a slow shutter) and one to capture the detail in the Moon (faster shutter), then these 2 images have been merged in Photoshop.

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Blue Moon Rising - D7100, AF-S 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 250mm - {Flickr Link}

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