On Sunday eve, September 27, 2015 there was a stunning lunar eclipse with a super moon. Last seen in 1982, this spectacular night event won’t occur again until 2033.
Honestly, I had forgotten that this once-in-a-lifetime event was happening last night. The past week I’ve been overwhelmed with entertaining guests and have barely kept my head above water. Also, we’ve had rain and full cloud cover for days, and the chance of seeing this Super Blood Moon was nearly impossible. Something caused me to wake up and I couldn’t get back to sleep. Someone on Facebook on the west coast asked how the moon was going.
Jumped out of bed, grabbed the 500mm f/4 lens with the 1.4x II extender and 5D Mark III, tripod not far behind. Don clothing to ward of the mosquitoes and a flashlight so I could see what I was doing in the dark. (Yeah..well, good luck with that.)
It was with great fortune that I was able to spend about 15 minutes with the Super Blood Moon as there was a break in the clouds. Snap, Snap, nothing was in focus. The moon was moving too fast. I ended up having to really boost the ISO so that the shutter speed wasn’t dinosaur slow. Opened up the aperture as much as I could with an extender and ended up with these settings:
ISO 6400, f/5,6, 0.6 of a sec. Auto White Balance.
This Super Blood Moon has quite a significance. Known as the “Tetrad” blood moon, it is the fourth lunar eclipse since April 15, 2014 and is considered to be an omen of the end of times. From the Book of Joel, where it is written “the sun will turn into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.”
Coinciding with the end of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States with his motivational, insightful, inspirational and religious guidance touched the American spirit. But ask Nasa, and they state that there are no asteroids or comets on a collision course with earth.
Science and religion will always challenge our beliefs and yet provide us a foundation that guides us through our day-to-day lives.
Whatever may happen next, what it means to me is that it is time to “Make each moment count.”