Awesome Super Blue Blood Moon photos and the tech that captured it

A photo opp that comes only once in a blue moon



We previously wrote about the Super Blue Blood Moon and how you could best capture it. Now that the once in a lifetime event had passed, the best way to relive it is through photos and videos.

I picked out my favorite ones from social media and asked the people behind the cameras what they shot with and the settings that produced such awesome images.

Without further ado:

“Blood Moon Blend”

The next three photos were shot by Wilson Wong from Singapore.
For this photo, a combination of two shots were stitched together on Photoshop.
Camera: Nikon D500, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 lens
Exposure for stadium: 0.4 sec, f/11, ISO 800, 150mm
Exposure for moon: 1/30 sec, f/11, ISO 200

“Blood Moon Red”

Camera: Nikon D500, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 lens
Settings: 0.4 sec, f/8, ISO 1600

“Blood Moon Mobile”

According to Wong, the Mate 10 Pro’s night mode slowly exposed the frame and took multiple shots with various exposure settings. Ther were then combined to achieve that HDR effect.
Camera: Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Mode: Night mode with a tripod

The view from Tarlac, Philippines

Photo by Martin San Diego
Caption: The Super Blue Blood Moon as seen at 9:45pm from Capas, Tarlac, on January 31.
Camera: Sony A7R II, 70-200mm lens
Settings: 4 sec, f/4, ISO 100, 200mm

When the universe conspires…

Photo and quote from Paul Quiambao
Caption: When the universe conspires, a once in a lifetime astronomical phenomenon happens. The Super Blue Blood Moon perfectly aligns with the Mayon Volcano eruption as it continues to produce lava during the lunar eclipse at 9:46pm on January 31.
Camera: Sony A7 II, 17-40mm Canon lens
Settings: 30 sec, f/4, ISO 1250

The beauty of imperfection

Photo by Au Mendoza
Caption: Super Blue Blood Moon, when the lunar eclipse occurs during a blue moon and a supermoon. It’s a rare event and the last time these three lunar events happened at the same time was in 1982. The moving effect? No, it wasn’t the moon moving fast. The camera equipped with a heavy 400mm lens (2x200mm) slid off the tripod. Ahh… the beauty of imperfection.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Settings: f/2.8, 200mm with 2X teleconverter

“… the moon and the stars in the sky”

Photo by Aaron Palabyab
Camera: Fujifilm X-T1
Settings: 1 sec, f/16, ISO 1600, 135mm

And for the finale, a quick time lapse crafted from 983 shots with apertures of f/6.3-11, between 1/5-1/8 seconds shutter, and ISO 800-3200.

What do you think of these photos? What did you use to shoot the Super Blue Blood Moon? Let us know in the comments section below. If you think we missed an awesome photo, send them over.


Sony’s new ZV-1 camera is built for vlogging

Shipping in June



How much personalization do you want your cameras to have? Some purists prefer completely manual cameras, allowing for absolute control over every aspect of their photos. Other professionals prefer a more consumer-friendly approach to photography, balancing easy-to-use functions with stellar photo quality.

Combining both aspects, the recently launched Sony ZV-1 is an all-in-one compact camera built specifically for casual video shooters. A boon to the vlogging community, the ZV-1 maintains both uncompromising video quality with ease of use.

Featuring a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and the latest BIONZ X image processor, the camera shoots at 4K resolution with in-body image stabilization. Inside, a 24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 large-aperture lens allows for dynamic bokeh control. Named the Bokeh Switch feature, the camera can increase and decrease background blur according to preference without losing its main focus.

In the same vein, the new Product Showcase feature allows for an easy transition between different focal points, such as switching between a subject’s face and a focused object. As the name suggests, the feature helps vloggers easily unbox and review products.

A Face Priority autoexposure feature automatically adjusts the device’s exposure settings depending on the brightness of the background. It will prioritize the subject’s face, ensuring correct exposure settings regardless of background. With the feature, it’s easier to shoot in bright sunlight, low-light conditions, and transitioning quickly between the two.

Besides what’s inside, the camera is also built ergonomically for a casual shooter’s hands. Instead of the traditional vertically flipping screen, it carries a horizontally flipping LCD screen, allowing users to easily see what’s being caught on camera. It comes with a 3.5mm microphone jack and a wind screen accessory to reduce wind interference.

Sony will start selling the ZV-1 at authorized Sony stores and through Lazada starting June 2020. It will retail for US$ 799.99.

SEE ALSO: Sony Xperia 1 II camera phone now available for pre-order

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Use your Canon camera as a laptop webcam

Up the quality on your video call meetings



Video conferencing is the new normal as most of us continue to work from home. Canon hopes to make the experience better with the EOS Webcam Utility Beta.

You may have noticed though that the video quality from your laptop’s webcam is not up to par with your smartphone’s front camera. Most manufacturers tend to put sub-par cameras on laptops. The reason: your laptop’s webcams were not that highly used before the whole COVID-19 situation.

To address this, Canon recently released a tool that will level up your video quality over online conferencing apps. The idea is to transform your Canon camera into a portable webcam. Simply plug-in an EOS or a PowerShot camera to your laptop, configure the software, and you now have a powerful webcam at your disposal.

The utility is called “EOS Webcam Utility Beta”. It’s a software that automatically configures your Canon camera into a portable web camera over a USB connection.

The caveat though is that only select EOS DSLR, EOS Mirrorless, and PowerShot cameras are compatible. The software is still in beta, but if you’re really determined to level up your video calling game, you can view the full list of compatible cameras here.

Grainy and lifeless videos will be a thing of the past for Canon users with this new tool. If you own a Canon EOS or DSLR camera, make sure to give this utility a try to improve your video chats with friends, family, or your fellow co-workers.

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These refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras bring back our childhood!

Ah, take me back~



My latest obsession with Polaroid’s latest release — Polaroid NOW — has led me to discover refurbished vintage Polaroid 600 cameras. For 90’s kids, these instant cameras relive our colorful, childhood memories dabbling in popping colors celebrated throughout the 80s until the early 2000s.

Look at this refurbished Barbie Throwback, based on the original Barbie Polaroid released in 1999.

How about this bold and loud Neon Yellow & Pink Cool Cam…

… Or this Pink Cool Cam that screams black and pink (like a revolution).

Remember this Blue ’96 Edition perfectly complementing your windbreaker and fanny packs?

Back then, we have Japanese brand Tomy collaborating with Polaroid as a merch for popular manga and anime Kodomo no Omocha, also known as Kodocha.

Remember when we’re all obsessed with MTV?

Oh, look at this fabulous, super rare, Pink Checkers Polaroid 600!

Hello Kitty fans, can you hear me??????

Ah, this Spice Cam makes us remember the times we dance and sing to Spice Girls — like it’s our anthem before Britney Spears finally took over.

In true Maroon 5 fashion, memories really do bring back you. Seeing these instant cameras made me remember who I was before the world told me who I should be. It felt like an ode to my inner child, calling for retrospection. Remember how fun and young we used to be?

Professionally refurbished by Retrospekt

These vintage Polaroid 600 cameras are refurbished by Retrospekt, a company based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded by Adam and KoriFuerst in 2008, Retrospekt started as a project to recreate their beloved instant film products.

Retrospekt uses Polaroid’s original components, and properly clean, test, rebuild and test the products again before sending out. Just like any refurbished vintage product, these instant cameras may show some light wear. Still, Retrospekt guarantees functionality.

And when it arrives at your doorsteps, all you need is just a pack of Polaroid 600 film, and you’ll be back to shooting instant films again.

SEE ALSO: Polaroid OneStep+ reviewPolaroid OneStep 2 review: The ultimate throwback cameraPolaroid Snap Touch Review: Print photos with a digital camera

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