Last night’s “Blue Moon”

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}