Memories in the moonlight

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Photography. Tara Dunstan has handled a camera most of her life, so when it came to witnessing a natural phenomenon it would only follow that she should be present with her Canon in hand.

Her eldest daughter Jaz in tow, Tara made her way out into the darkness about 10.15pm to capture the total lunar eclipse.

There was some waiting around, about two hours all up: “We were bored and freezing cold so made our own fun as it happened,” says Tara.

Cue Jaz, in the passenger seat of the car, turning up Bonnie Tyler’s ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ and laughter ensued.

“It took me a couple of seconds to sink in that she was playing that song!”

For those in the know, Tara says she used her Canon 5D Mark III, set on aperture f/11, shutter speed 1/125, ISO 100. For the full eclipse: f/5.6, two seconds, ISO 800.

Eight photos were stitched into one for the final image.

The spectacle, called a super blue blood moon, occurs when the three lunar events happen simultaneously.

A super moon occurs when the moon is closest to the earth, while a second full moon in a month is termed a blue moon, and the blood moon happens when the sun, earth and moon align.

Tara, a Forest local, sees the views from her home every day but this night was something else: “It was beautiful to watch the light over the poppies next to the primary school dim down and then across the road where the pine trees are no longer, watch the stars in the Milky Way appear as the moon disappeared into the shadows.”

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