Superimpose of sequence during lunar eclipse at my neighborhood. This multiple moon shots were first fired at 1:20am and continued until full eclipse at about 3:20am. Then, the blood moon was visible.
I photographed the moon individually using my Fujifilm X-E3 mirrorless camera attached to fujinon 55-200mm with 2x converter. Exposure were so much varies from full moon to full eclipse. Once the eclipse started, exposures were reducing.
Using spot metering on full moon is a good reference to get exposure. My exposure for this full moon shot was 1/500s at aperture f8 on ISO800. As earth shadow eroded further covering into moon, the moon was getting lowly illuminated. I checked exposure regularly and keep changing the exposure setting. For the blood moon image, I need to crank up the ISO as high as ISO6400 and shutter speed as low as 2 second. The sky was not that clear that night add further to the slow exposures.
I used fujifilm remote control apps to trigger my Fujifilm X-E3 to reduce camera vibration. additionally, i used electronic shutter to get rid of shutter vibration.
Each individual moon photos were latter superimposed to a landscape photo that was taken before dawn from the place where I shoot the eclipse with a 9mm wide angle lens.
Thanks to Sky Guide apps cause I could plan my shooting. The apps provide quite accurate timing of the eclipse and position of moon in the sky. Therefore, I planned ahead and had enough sleep before the historic moment. I woke up at 1:00am. I didn’t go far, it was just somewhere near my home around the neighbourhood. I put-up a tent so I can place my camera stuff, chips and drinks. At the same time I could perform sunnah prayer for lunar eclipse inside the tent.
This time, the full eclipse was the longest. It’s started from 3:20am till almost dawn. I waited till 5:00am, but moon still was not yet out from earth shadow. Then, the sky getting very cloudy and I couldn’t locate the lowly illuminated moon. I packed by stuff and heading home.
This is my first time ever waiting the moment almost till the end. the Long waiting proof to be fruitful. Alhamdulillah.