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Tetrad Finale

With a bad location and cloud cover hampering my intentions of doing another layered image like THIS which was taken last year but improving on it; that idea did not happen so I just waited out the maximum eclipse and shot away to get the best full view.

Below is a 50% crop of the 27/09/15 Blood Moon Tetrad. 27/09/15 Blood Moon - Maximum Eclipse


Not the commonplace day

Waking up early in the a.m always reveals the day ahead to be one full of discoveries rather than what if’s and missed opportunities.
It’s not too often that you see a hummingbird, let alone a young one that isn’t fully mature. You always make use of what you have, as sometimes you choose to just travel with one lens.

Baby Hummingbird

Luckily, it also happens to be a rather reliable lens for capturing almost anything except a stunning landscape at a moment’s notice – the 50mm f/ 1.8.
Then as you meditate (I’ll just assume you know what I mean here) during your day on the things that matter greatly, you start to get the signs regardless of indirect or its opposite.

fibonacci shell
Fibonacci shell

As always though, appreciate what is given to you and also what you don’t have.
Have you seen any interesting sightings recently when you look into the cosmos? I’ll give you a peep of what I saw; due to only having one lens though I wasn’t able to get the entire scene, but I believe with the coming of this super blood moon coming tomorrow that there will be a lot of seen and unseen happenings out there.

Streaks of glory
Fantail moon

Keep your EYE open, trust me.

Celestial Event : Blood Moon – April 15, 2014

Blood Moon is sometimes used to describe a Total Lunar Eclipse. When the Earth casts its shadow on a Full Moon and eclipses it, the Moon may get a red glow.

Lunar Tetrad

Total lunar eclipses are rare – only about one in three lunar eclipses are total. About four to five total eclipses can be seen at any place on Earth in a decade.

Lunar eclipses usually do not occur in any specific order. However, every once in a while, four total lunar eclipses happen in a row. This is called a lunar tetrad. The total lunar eclipses happen 6 months apart. There are at least six full Moons between two total lunar eclipses in a tetrad.

(Excerpt from http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/blood-moon.html)

Hmm, so a rare celestial event, that most of us probably have never seen in our lifetimes; happening at a time where I have full opportunity to witness such an event but also capture it.

This eclipse is the first in the series of the lunar tetrad, which occurred on April 15th, 2014 and started at 00:53 and ended at 6:37, although by that time it was already below the horizon so for those of us in Barbados it really “ended” around 5:33 (according to http://www.timeanddate.com). It indeed was roughly around that time when I started and finished shooting; sitting down on a concrete block for hours with a cup of coffee on the ground just shooting away and adjusting my camera in manual mode and the tripod every hour or so. After hours of post processing (this time last year when I did the actual processing I was working on an old Dell Studio laptop circa 2009) and it was about to croak from the loading and compositing of those files. After more than 3 painful hours of merging, processing and compositing I believe I had my masterpiece.

Any of you recognize the pattern/geometry used in this composite? 🙂

IMG_0377 entire eclipse

And here’s an extra that I found with one of the planets being highly visible that morning to the far right shown below. This was a 6 sec exposure with taken at ISO 1600, f/5.6 at 70mm.