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The making of my blood moon lunar eclipse photo Part 1 of 2

In part 2 you can read how I enhanced and built the composite photo using Capture One Pro and Perfect Photo Suite 8. Read it here.

Overnight on April 14 through early morning April 15th we were treated to a wonderful total eclipse of the moon that at it’s peak turned the moon a blood red color. The eclipse was visible to most of North and South America – at least visible to those of us who had clear skies that night.

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“Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon over Phoenix”
North Phoenix, Arizona
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The event is rare, with the most recent total lunar eclipse happening on December 21, 2010. However we are in for a treat as we will have 3 more total eclipses in North America within the next 1.5 years: October 8 of 2014, April 5 of 2015, and September 28 of 2015. After that we will have to wait another 3 years before another one happens.

Some pre-planning first

I knew of the April 15th eclipse a few weeks prior to it happening, which gave me plenty of time to prepare. I was still going to be in Phoenix which was great as the weather is usually perfect and rarely cloudy & rainy. So I started planning my final image and what I needed to do to create it.

Right off the bat I knew I was going to somehow incorporate saguaro cacti in my photograph, as they are a unique feature here in the Sonoran Desert. I have been spending numerous evenings photographing sunsets this winter out in the desert where my RV is parked here in North Scottsdale and knew the location would be perfect for the eclipse.

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It’s a Tough Job…

It’s a tough job being a truck on a horse ranch.

The days are long, the sun is strong, and there is always work to be done. Your work defines you and just by looking you can tell Old Betsy here has done her share of hard work over the years. Yet there is still more to be done…

Its a tough job

 “It’s a Tough Job…”
Scottsdale, AZ
This is a Suess Original and only one piece is available. For availability see here.

 

Notes from the field:

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“Empty Bottles” – New Mexico – Wooden crate of old glass soda bottles

This crate of old soda bottles was photographed in Northern New Mexico in a old fountain drink type of trailer. These old glass soda bottles feature Dr Pepper, Sunkist, and Coca Cola with a rusty old Pepsi sign in the background.

"Empty Bottles" - New Mexico Click on photo to view larger & to purchase prints.

“Empty Bottles” – New Mexico
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It was photographed with my Canon 5DmkII and 17-40mm lens. Prints of the photo are available here.

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