When I heard about the moon being 7% bigger this coming full moon and this only happening every 30 years or so, I knew that I wanted to be some place magical when it happened. The world went a little blood moon crazy leading up to the event, I recall reading articles that people in America were emptying shop store shelves prepping for doomsday. So there was a sense of mysticism in the air as we waited in Sydney Harbour for the blood moon to rise. As it rose up over the horizon it was a dense orange colour that slowly faded to a bright white. There were lots of cameras out to capture the moment, from the super expensive astro-photo gear to your amateur point and shoot. But everyone was there for the same reason and it was to record something amazing and hopefully create something inspiring from it.
The moon was so bright that it was creating this 4 star shine across the image and I didn’t want to remove it as it looked so cool. To capture this image I shot a normal exposure and then a -5EV exposure for the moon. This is because I had such a dynamic range of tones in the image and I wanted to capture all the light. I then just combined the two images masking them together.
Technical Mumbo Jumbo
- Camera: Sony A7r
- Lens: Sony FE 28-70mm
- Focal Length: 70mm
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Shutter Speed: 1/8th and 1/1000th sec
- ISO: 8000 and 12800
- HDR info: 2 exposures. – Jimmy Mcintyre’s HDR Luminosity mask Video Tutorials: These tutorials are amazing and will improve your image creating
- Date: 28/09/2015
- Time: 6:41pm
- Location: Sydney Opera House, Australia