I mounted my Samsung NX200 (with a 50mm-200mm lens attached) to a tripod and pointed it toward the moon. I snapped a few exposures. The one you see below I liked best.
|Blood Moon 4/15/2014 - Stallion Springs, California|
Where I went wrong was guessing the exposure length. Four seconds was too long. I needed a two or maybe even one second exposure. I should have used ISO 400 or maybe even ISO 800. I would have had a better photograph if I'd done that. Instead, there is a slight amount of motion and the moon is slightly blurred. You can see just how much movement there was by looking at that star (or planet or whatever it is) just to the right of the moon.
I've had better luck photographing the moon in the past. Nearly one year ago from almost the exact same spot and using the exact same equipment I captured the image below.
|Half Moon - Stallion Springs, California|
The good news is that I have three more chances to get this right over the next 18 months. The next blood moon will be on October 8, 2014 at about 5:30 am Pacific Standard Time.