Of course last night’s moon was the main sky attraction; after all, this was the Super Flower Blood Moon – anything with three adjectives in front of its name was bound to be special. At 15 minutes before midnight, I stood in the field next to our barn and hoped the clouds I could see to the west would not drift in the direction of the moon too quickly. My camera was locked on my tripod and I took a few test shots, trying to get my focus and exposure right. The clouds looked like waves coming in, with clear sky between them. Trying to remain optimistic, I rationalized that even if the clouds came I might still have periods of clear sky during which I could photograph the full lunar eclipse.
As the eclipse progressed toward totality, I took a few photos with the moon front and center. It was difficult to see stars in that area of the sky because even in eclipse there was still a lot of light bouncing off the moon. I decided I would take two images and blend them, one exposed for the moon, and one immediately after at the same focal length, but with a longer exposure, to allow more stars to show. This photo is the result, taken at 12:30 this morning, just before the clouds covered the moon. I was feeling pretty small and humbled standing there looking up.