Nick of time

Lunar Eclipse1  2015

Patience is a virtue, and sometimes it’s the difference in getting a picture or not. After more than hour of staring at the sky on a cloudy night I was rewarded with a glimpse of the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse, the first since 1982 and the last before 2033.

Lunar Eclipse2  2015

I had planned shooting the eclipse for weeks, researching the times planning out a shooting location and reviewing internet posts on how to capture the eclipse. The night before I studied the moonrise and made a mental note of its position in the sky and planned when I would begin my shooting.

Lunar Eclipse3  2015

The moon would be low on the horizon when the eclipse began on the West Coast but by 7:48 p.m., mid point of totality it would be hanging well above the tree line.

Lunar Eclipse4  2015

Running errands the day of the eclipse at 5:00 p.m. a thick layer of clouds blanketed the sky. I had no chance of capturing the celestial sight.

Lunar Eclipse5  2015

I prepared my camera and glumly set up a chair facing east and waited in the gathering darkness. I checked the time constantly as the moment of peak totality came and went. Still I sat and stared to the east watching as patches of maroon sky and stars appeared to the west.

Lunar Eclipse6  2015

Just after 8:00 p.m. I caught a glimpse of the moon, blood red and dimly lit as it passed behind layers of clouds.

Lunar Eclipse8  2015

I worked quickly shooting as many frames as I could. The moon would fade behind a thick layer of clouds and then reemerge though a opening in the cloud formation.

Lunar Eclipse10  2015

The photos of the moon bathed in the diffused light of the Earth’s shadow and the illumination of the clouds below are some of the most eerie pictures I have taken. Social media was filled with the laments of photographers who stepped out to watch the eclipse but seeing the clouds gave up.

Lunar Eclipse9  2015

A little perseverance paid off and I was able to capture my rare celestial event in the nick of time.