2018 was the year I tried taking photos of the stars and moon!

So when I learned a little more about cameras and photography at the end of last year, I decided I wanted to try and take some space pics. πŸ“Έ

My first attempt was on February the 1st, during the night of the super blue blood moon. Despite driving out to more rural areas to avoid city lights, it was cloudy the entire time and I couldn’t get a single shot. No matter though, because my (now) boyfriend and I had a pretty fun adventure stalking the streets at night and viewing the city skyline far in the distance.

I was blessed in June to be able to capture the Milky Way at Grose Vale during a church camp. Throughout the night I was waiting for clear skies, which unfortunately didn’t last long, and then sort of just called it a night after waiting a few hours. Later my friend pointed out how bright the stars were, so at around 2 am while everyone else was asleep (or watching a movie), I set up my tripod and pointed it at the sky. By chance it was in the right position and after tinkering around with some settings and taking a few shots, I was very pleased with the results. 

I ended up moving to another position and caught some interesting flares. I used my Nikon D3400 with standard lens for both of these photos.

On July 28th I went moon hunting once more because there was another blood moon. Hoping to get away from the lights, we drove out west again and ended up in a small town. The sky was clearing up so we were quite hopeful, but before the eclipse happened, it became super cloudy. 

These were a few of the photos I was able to capture before all the clouds rolled in.  I was interested in getting a few close ups of the moon and since I don’t have a telephoto lens for my DSLR, I resorted to using my Nikon Coolpix P900 which has an incredible zooming capability. Unfortunately I don’t have the greatest control over the camera yet, but I think these didn’t turn out too terribly for a first time.

After a while of waiting, we ended up driving around more looking for a clear sky. We did find a view of the blood moon – unfortunately I was unable to capture it. It was still also quite cloudy.

The blood moon was almost over and the sun was rising so we decided to go home and call it a night. But then…

Well, it’s not exactly what I pictured – but it is a photo of the blood moon! Driving along the road, I spotted it in the sky and pulled over for a quick photo during it’s last minutes. 

I’m hoping for more moon chasing adventures next year!

— deborah

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