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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.