I had been planning this shot for about two weeks before Tuesday morning’s lunar eclipse.
With every lunar eclipse that occurs, my social media feeds blow up with tight shots of the moon, which are great for detail, but I’ve always felt they lacked “life.” With that said, I knew that I wanted to create a composition that not only showed the amazing eclipse, but tied in an incredible foreground as well. I mean, why not include the Earth? We are kind of the reason for the lunar eclipse, right?
With the spring wildflowers popping up around the area, I really narrowed down a search for a large bluebonnet field. I loved the idea of a big blue field contrasting with the red moon. After some tips via Facebook, I found a field in Ennis, Texas that would be perfect for my composition. It faced south, was far enough from the Dallas city lights that light pollution wouldn’t be an issue, and it was just full of acres of bluebonnets.
I set out around 11 p.m. with fellow photographer friend James Langford and then spent the next seven hours shooting the moon transitions.
I shot the field image with my Nikon D800 and a 24-70mm lens, then the moon with a Nikon 70-200mm lens. I made sure to shoot the transitions every 10 minutes to make sure that I would have a complete transition to use. Once the eclipse was over, I then combined all the phases with the landscape image to create the final composition.