No eclipse…

full moon and clouds
full moon and clouds

A short break from the meeting with the Polar Bear brothers, but sometimes new pictures take priority. After my trip to Spitsbergen for the Solar eclipse this March, I now hoped to have a good look at the lunar eclipse. Lunar eclipses are a lot easier to photograph as Solar ones, as they take a lot longer. You still have time to check some settings on the go, something you can’t really do with a Solar eclipse. However, one thing is the same for both, with clouds you won’t be able to see anything…

For me this is the image for last nights Lunar eclipse: a full moon partly covered by clouds. Conditions were reasonable good, right up to the moment when the Moon hit the Earth’s shadow. A couple of minutes before this happened, a thick layer of clouds appeared and that was the end of the visibility for me… During totality a few very tiny gaps appeared and I had some one second long views of the blood-red moon, but I didn’t manage to get any decent shots. Shortly after the totality ended and even the small gaps had disappeared again, it was around 6 a.m., I decided to call it a day and grab a few hours of sleep… This makes me even more grateful for the stunning weather we had during the Solar eclipse on Spitsbergen. But I would have loved to make a similar image as I had from the Solar eclipse… Well, you can’t have it all, can you?

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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