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Photographing the blood moon

Last week Olympus sent me (and probably a million other Olympus customers) a link to an article by Alex McClure on how to photograph the "blood moon" or supermoon eclipse. A "supermoon" is the full moon when the moon is closest to earth. Because it's closer than usual, a supermoon is actually bigger and brighter in the sky than an ordinary full moon, so it's an impressive sight in itself. A "blood moon" is a total lunar eclipse that coincides with a supermoon. Supermoons occur once every year; blood moons occur every few decades.

Anyway, I read the article and thought, "What the heck, I'll try it!" So I did.

Setup I started shooting with an Olympus E-M1 body and the Olympus ED 75-300 f4.8–6.7 II lens, mounted on a MEFoto tripod. The E-M1's focus magnification feature helped me get the best manual focus possible. Once I'd focused, I controlled the camera wirelessly from the OI.S app on my iPhone. Triggering the shutter wireles…