Hey NASA, This is How You Make a Lunar Eclipse ‘Blood Moon’ Time-Lapse

The day after the last lunar eclipse we shared a time-lapse with you to help ease the pain if you hadn’t had a chance to capture the first of this tetrad of eclipses yourself. The time-lapse was put together by NASA and, while it was better than nothing, it left something to be desired.

Fortunately, photographer Andrew Walker of 599 Productions is here to show NASA how it’s done so they can maybe put something better together next time.

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Walker lives in Burbank, California, and the night of the eclipse he packed up his gear — two Canon 5D Mark IIIs, a RED Epic, a 16-35mm f/2.8L II lens for the wide shots, a 300-1200mm Canon Century zoom lens used for IMAX cameras, and an eMotimo TB3 and Dynamic Perception Stage Zero track for motion shots — and made his way to the CARMA array near Bishop, CA.

The resulting video/time-lapse is set to the music from 2001: A Space Odyssey (an appropriate choice) and has earned Walker a Vimeo Staff pick and much praise from those who have seen it. Check it out for yourself, and if you like what you see go check out more of his work at 599 Productions or on his Vimeo profile.

  • Gibby

    Yes! Loved the 2001 Space Odyssey homage!

  • Bob Walsh


  • SplashMTN

    I don’t think they could have picked more annoying music. It totally ruins the video for me.

  • Rene

    Agree i hated the music

  • Ramon Casares


  • Chuck Walker

    @SplashMTN:disqus it’s not really “music” per se, it’s a soundtrack and leverages the 2001 Space Odyssey memory banks of the viewer. It can get a bit much a times, plus for me, it was during a time in the movie (2001) that I really didn’t like. But kudos to my nephew, (the author of this video) as he always produces amazing, high quality time lapses.

  • brob

    it was annoying

  • PikaPika

    I thought it would be the 2001 space odessey opening track.. *sigh* disappointed :(
    Nice video though. More close up shots would have been interesting for me

  • Josh McDarris

    Freaky sound track from 2001. Nicely done! I would have liked to see the closeup of the moon when it went into it’s blood moon phase (the full transition). Obviously that would be a very difficult thing to do without the proper gear but if you can pull it off next time, that would be epic. Cheers.

  • moonbase2

    Wow, this was amazing, but I think someone from NASA is going to post something along the line of “Hey Petapixel, this is how you…” and figuratively blow our minds.

  • yopyop

    Talk about creating tension when there’s no need for.

  • SplashMTN

    The time lapse itself was wonderful, but the “soundtrack” made it very tough to enjoy. I’m not questioning his ability to make a fantastic time lapse video – he clearly knocked it out of the park with this one, but I do think he made a poor choice when it comes to audio.