Exposing The Blood Moon and The Eclipse

I missed the event in January caused I had to attend to some business.  Not this time, since it occurs late at night till early morning. The moon will be high up and I don’t need to go to an open ground.  I just need to set the camera up on the balcony. The difference between this one and the previous is that the full moon on 31 January 2018 was a big one (moon nearest to earth – Perigee), while this one is small since the moon is at the furthest distance from earth (Apogee). On the bright side, it is the longest lunar eclipse this 21st century.

Here are the photographs I had just taken on this day 28 July 2018 till the moon fully lost its brightness but still left with some light, hence called the Blood Moon. The picture of the Blood Moon here is just too grainy to punch up, so I leave it with just the usual edit.

Also Mars is in line of sight.  That small dot in the lower left-hand is the fourth rock at its nearest point to Earth.


My mistake in capturing the Blood Moon was that I had a 1.4 teleconverter attached to a 150-600mm lens at an aperture setting of F9 running at 64000 to 128000 ISO settings.  I was too concerned about getting a large image.  In retrospect, I should be using the 70-210mm F2 lens with or without the 1.4 teleconverter, which would give me an F4 or F2 aperture respectively.  A much smaller image, but I would then be able to expose at a very much lower ISO and slower speed.