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09-28-2015, 06:47 AM
Last night there was what's called a blood moon. This explains it better than me http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/27/blood-moon-apocalypse-nasa-lunar-eclipse-supermoon

I dragged myself out of bed at 3.30 and got set up. It was totally still and as the Mairie, village council, has decided to save cash by turning the street lights of at about 1.30 it was fantastic!! The 1st I got was this. Just taken with the camera on 'P', a sort of auto setting, but it's too bright

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2001_zps47pimn4c.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2001_zps47pimn4c.jpg.html)

Then I went to the manual setting and played around with the shutter speed

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2003_zpsvmdyrfst.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2003_zpsvmdyrfst.jpg.html)

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2005_zpsfqz9c7bf.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2005_zpsfqz9c7bf.jpg.html)

A while back the Mairie decided to chop the street lighting at about 1.30 and it makes such a difference. So much so that the sky was bright enough for me to get a shot I didn't think possible! Orion. That was a full 10 second exposure and I was glad there was no wind at all!

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%20Orion_zpsnktl1ocm.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%20Orion_zpsnktl1ocm.jpg.html)

One of the most difficult things was getting the focus spot on, but the colour was wonderful

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2010_zps9uekefjy.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2010_zps9uekefjy.jpg.html)

Then the light started to appear on the left

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f180/Jonzjob/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2012_zps6grgfqr1.jpg (http://s47.photobucket.com/user/Jonzjob/media/Nature/Blood%20moon%2028%2009%202015/Blood%20moon%2012_zps6grgfqr1.jpg.html)

And as it had taken a couple of hours and it was almost 5.30 I said sod it and went back to bed

Was it worth the sleep loss? You bet yer boots it was :Cool::Cool::Cool:

Anyone else watch the spectacle??

09-28-2015, 06:51 AM
I live vicariously through others that lose sleep and give us great pics of the event. :Blushing:

09-28-2015, 07:45 AM
I saw it. The pictures are very nice! Thank you for them. On the west coast, California, it was quite the view at 20:00

09-28-2015, 10:20 AM
Awesome. Thanks for the photos.:)

- Nick

09-28-2015, 12:07 PM
I got out of bed as well and saw a beautiful scene .... I had never seen that before.
Was watching it develop for nearly an hour before returning to sleep.
Next show is in 2029 :-) ( tickets on sale soon )

Cheers ... McBie

09-28-2015, 12:08 PM
I was excited to see this and, of course, it was really cloudy last night (the city had no intention of turning the lights off either) so I saw absolutely nothing. Consider me jealous.

09-28-2015, 12:13 PM
I'll arrange VIP seating for you on the next show. No worries.

Cheers ... McBie

09-28-2015, 12:52 PM
We saw it from our yard at about 2100 hours in the Midwest, U.S. With just the naked eye, it didn't appear to have a red tint.

09-28-2015, 02:17 PM
Last night there was what's called a blood moon.

Hey John, are you sure that wasn't your bloodshot eyes from indulging in all that good French wine? :P Beautiful photos, like Tom, I didn't stay awake to watch it. Thanks.

09-28-2015, 03:27 PM
I'll arrange VIP seating for you on the next show. No worries.

Cheers ... McBieDoes that include airfare? I can wait 18 years for a free trip to Europe.

09-28-2015, 07:53 PM
I live vicariously through others that lose sleep and give us great pics of the event. :Blushing:
LOL. Have to agree there. Besides, it was too cloudy here last night to get a good view.

09-28-2015, 10:00 PM
My husband sat outside and watched. We had a nice clear night and he said he could see the deep red color. I opted for sleep. Wonderful pictures! Thanks for posting them.


09-28-2015, 10:59 PM
Cloudy here as well. I got 5:00 am shots from our last blood moon, but this one was a no show.

09-28-2015, 11:39 PM
I was mostly very frustrated trying to get a good shot of it, here are my best efforts:

09-29-2015, 06:58 AM
Very nice shots

11-07-2015, 10:40 PM
What a beautiful sight. I don't think we'll see it again for 60 years.

11-08-2015, 03:10 AM
For some strange reason I missed the replies t this and I have just caught up again.

You have some cracking shots there too Chas! and you won't have to wait 60 years Chatkett, only till 2029 !!

If McBle is fully booked there's a bit of space here near the beautiful Cité of Carcassonne http://www.creme-de-languedoc.com/Languedoc/sightseeing/carcassonne-citadel.php . They are telling porkies though, there's only 52 towers

11-08-2015, 03:13 AM
Double entry. Sorry folks..:[:[

Rod Sprague
11-08-2015, 07:30 AM
Ever try to take a shot of the moon on an iPhone but only get a blurry image. I discovered this neat little trick. Just using the native Camera app. Take your phone inside and point it at something bright, used the kitchen light. When auto focus comes on tap the centre of the screen(this locks the ISO value) now take it outside and take a shot of say a full moon.
The opposite also works for shots taken in dark conditions when you don't want to use a flash. Eg. Fix the ISO by say pointing the camera under the table and then take you shot.

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11-09-2015, 10:07 AM
Awesome tip! I will give it a try. That is a very nice picture. :Cool:


(I tried to add to your reputation but it tells me I can't and I must spread the love around. :( )

11-09-2015, 12:32 PM
Are you allowed to do that on a forum Lisa :Confused::Confused:

11-09-2015, 10:44 PM
Are you allowed to do that on a forum Lisa :Confused::Confused:
Not on this forum you can't ;)

On the other hand that tip is definitely worthy of a rep bump. I'll take care of that on behalf of those of us whose photographic knowledge is seriously lacking. I have to check the show notes for the recent Sunday chats. If I haven't covered this already it goes in this weeks show.