My Sunday Photo – Lunar Eclipse

Yesterday morning I had a whole lot of extra motivation to get up and out the door early. Not only did I have my usual City2Surf-preparation run, I also had a brand new Amazfit Stratos multipsort watch to test out (more on that very soon). Oh, and there was also a spectacular lunar eclipse to witness!

I was out of the house by five am. The lunar eclipse was already well under way, with the earth’s shadow approximately half covering the moon. It was an amazing sight and one that was highly distracting as I drove towards my destination. My plan was to photograph the eclipse, then head out on my usual run.

By the time I parked, the Earth’s shadow was almost completely covering the surface of the moon. The red glow was beginning to intensify.

I have photographed the moon before and found it quite easy to get a good result. With the lunar eclipse, however, it was much more challenging. The issue is that there is a massive difference in the level of light between the lit and shaded parts of the moon. After a bit of trial and error, I ended up with a few shots that were reasonable.


The Lunar Eclipse


Lunar Eclipse
The little bright dot up the top is Mars, which was also a spectacular sight!

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As always on a Sunday, I’m linked up to the excellent #MySundayPhoto linky. It’s hosted by Darren Coleshill on the website Photalife. I highly recommend you click on the link (or the badge below) and check out everyone’s photos.

If you want to see more photos from me, head over to the Blog of Dad Instagram page.





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12 thoughts on “My Sunday Photo – Lunar Eclipse

  • July 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    What can I say? Just an amazing series of captures. Love this a lot. Well worth getting up for at 5am. And something we haven’t seen up-over! #mysundayphoto

  • July 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Fantastic! I’ve never managed to photograph the moon and we didn’t even see the eclipse! After a month of clear, sunny days, the weather turned that night and it was far too cloudy.
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  • July 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing, I was in a seafront restaurant looking out onto clouds. Such a shame after the great weather wee have had. I’m glad someone got to see the orange moon.

  • July 29, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I am sooooooo jealous! It was far too cloudy here! But then I did have to shoot a wedding at 8.30am yesterday, so at least I got to go to bed at a reasonable time instead of start gazing 🙂

  • July 29, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Great photos. I love how you’ve captured the eclipse stage by stage.

  • July 30, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Hi James, it is funny to think that we were doing the exact same thing on opposite sides of the world! Your photos are so much clearer than mine, but the moon was definitely paler in colour where you were. I never managed to get any decent-ish photos where it was partially shaded, but they would never have been as clear as these.
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  • July 30, 2018 at 5:38 am

    these are definitely the clearest photos I have seen of the Lunar Eclipse so far! Brilliant images! #mysundayphoto


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