October Bloodmoon over San Diego. The 4 hour event in one photo.
October Bloodmoon over San Diego
It was this past week, October 8, that the bloodmoon made another appearance in San Diego. And for the second time we lucked out with the weather. Like the Lunar Eclipse this past April, it the moon was called the blood moon because of it blood like color that it would change to during the 4 hour event. However unlike the one in April, this one started in the middle of the evening starting at 2am verses a 10pm start time and in the beginning of the workweek. It also seemed that there wasn't a lot of media attention to this one or at least I didn't notice it.
To capture this Blood Moon, I took a nap because I still needed to go to work in the morning and there was no way o could stay up for 24 hours and function. I woke at 1:30am to get ready and make some coffee for me to wake up and warm me up during the cool evening. The evening sky was clear, perfect for the lunar event. And at about 2:30, it start. The earth's shadow took a bit and more and more eventually changing the color to a blood red. And then afterwards it transition back to the bright full moon. And I was heading to work with only about 4 hours of sleep.
Photographing the moon this time around was a lot more easier. It came because of my previous experience from photographing it it in April. And like in April, I decided super impose the moon images to another image that I have taken previous. The reason that I did this is because I actually photographed the moon in front of my house and the moon was high in the sky it made it difficult to include a foreground. So I decided that I would create a better image of the event but still keeping true to it.
The photograph that I used was another photo that I took of downtown San Diego looking in the appropriate direction that the lunar eclipse was taken place. So this was taken looking south to downtown from the Mission Hill neighborhood. And after some work this is the final outcome.
Canon 5D Mark II
70-300mm at 300
ISO 100 - 1600
1/100 - 2 Seconds
San Diego, CA