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Blood Moon of 2015       ©2015 ysal
Panasonic DMC-GX7       11th place, 98 points
15s, f6.3, ISO 200, 40mm, Manual, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: This is a stack of 11 images, taken 10 minutes apart. Each shot was adjusted for exposure and color corrected. After stacking, cropped and resized. Stacking was done using a freeware called StarStax, the one commonly used to get star trail images.       Extra Info: Blood Moon is a total lunar eclipse during a Supermoon. Supermoon is a full moon while the moon is closest to earth, where it is 15% larger than you normally see it. A blood moon will not occur for another 18 years (the last one was over 30 years ago). I shot these 10 minutes apart with a stationary camera. Each shot had to be bracketed because the brightness of the moon changed drastically as it emerged from Earth's shadow. From where I live, the moon rose when it was already fully eclipsed. I captured the last half of the eclipse process.
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Jan 12, 2016
    Jade, Bernie, Lo, and everybody else who wrote all the nice comments, thank you! I know this was not the best quality image, but it was a technique I've always wanted to try, and a perfect occasion came up last year. The weather gods were nice to me and only gave me a mildly cloudy sky :-) Like the comet shot I submitted a few years ago, this was another once in a lifetime shot.

Jan 12, 2016
    Ysal - I thought this was a fabulous piece of work. I'm really impressed with what you were able to achieve.

Jan 12, 2016
    Well done, Yuki! (It was cloudy where I was during this event.)

Jade O.
Jan 11, 2016
    Ugh, so close. This was in my top picks!

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Jan 11, 2016
    Wow - great shooting. Kudos for all your work, the result was certainly worth it! OK - I'm quitting night photography now :-)

Jan 11, 2016
    Impressive. I've fancied trying this kind of thing for a long time but the clouds, cold and lack of patience beat me every time :-). GL.

Jan 11, 2016
    Definitely in my top faves. Great technique in capturing one of the most memorable sky events in 2015.

Anthony Comyn
Jan 11, 2016
    Interesting moon transition. Well captured. Your patience paid off.

Jan 10, 2016
    Incredible shot, not sure if I like the evergreens on the top left.

Jan 10, 2016
    great job and excellent way to document the eclipse.

Jan 10, 2016
    Excellent job of pulling all of this together. I tried some night shots this summer, and it takes a lot of work and patience to succeed.

Jan 10, 2016
    The points of reference in the upper left and lower right make the shot more than just s moon series. Nicely done!

Jan 10, 2016
    a lot of work and effort, but paid off in the product. I saw it too that eve; where we live, not eclipsed from start. Thanks for reminding me of that rather unique eve.

Jan 9, 2016
    A nice time sequence.

Jan 9, 2016
    a clear record and thanks for the processing information

Jan 8, 2016
    I commend your dedication and perseverance to capture this rare event. It certainly has merit as is; but I would have liked it better to see a larger moon and more details (i.e., telephoto shots). The way you set it up, I know that is not how you planned it, but you could even have created a composite of larger moon shots over your regular scenery, and I wouldn't have complained!
Edited on Jan 8, 2016

Jan 8, 2016
    Well worth all of the work. Great representation of astrophotography.

Jan 8, 2016
    Thanks Jade, I thought the green branch balanced out the dark trees on the lower right, but maybe I was wrong.

Jade O.
Jan 7, 2016
    A fine astronomy shot and an interesting photo in its own right. There is such excellence on display here, a rare celestial event and good night sky, that I am going to suggest you should have taken out the tree branch in the upper left which is horribly distracting and almost overpowers the splendid subject of the moon. Take that out and in my view, you have an image 10x better.
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