That’s No Deathstar… That’s a Moon!

I got a good shot of the “Blood Moon” in 2015, the clouds parted for just enough time to catch one good photo. I wanted to get shot of the Blood Moon with a Star Field.
The problem with shooting the moon, is that you can only get a few of the most brightest stars in the shots.
The first problem is, the moon lights up the atmosphere making stars hard to see. Problem two, the moon is moving much faster then the stars and is much brighter.
To get a good shot of the moon your looking at an exposure around 1/200s, before it starts to blur. To get a good shot of the stars, you need to take a photo for around 20 seconds.

A photo of the moon with a good star field is not possible.

Time for some “Photoshop Magic!”

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

Blood Moon with a Star Field

EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8
200mm
f/2.8
.4s
1600 ISO

 

Lightroomed

 

Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

  • Cropped
  • Noise reduction

 

Ok now that is quite boring… If you check any social media from that month you will see hundreds of photos that look exactly like that.
This photo needed some help. I scoured my database for stars I could add back into the photo.

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

EXIF:

Nikon D7000
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
18mm
f/3.5
30s
1600 ISO

 

Photoshopped

  • Masked in the stars against the blood moon

Blood Moon with a Star Field

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Blood Moon with a Star Field

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Blood Moon with a Star Field

 

This photo is somewhat disingenuous. You won’t see a photo like this on NASAs site. Its not possible without some Photoshop trickery, which I don’t think scientists would approve of.