“Texture” Contest Now Closed

Our April Contest is now closed. Below is a gallery of the entries. Over the next couple days, I’ll be publishing each photo’s post. This gives you a chance to comment on others’ photos and receive feedback on yours. Good job everyone!


Missed this contest? You can still submit a photo to our April Calendar Challenge until the 30th. What’s the theme? You can submit whatever you think would look fantastic in our 2015 calendar


Blood Moon

April Blood MoonWith John’s reminder and his handy link to the specific times of the Blood Moon’s appearance, I was up in the wee hours of the morning with my tripod and my camera to capture this beautiful happening.

The photos of the moon were taken at 2:53 am, 3:03 am, and 3:22 am with my camera settings at 1/4th, f/4.5, ISO 1250. Because of the darkness of the Blood Moon, I had my camera mounted on my tripod and set on a two second timer. It’s good to remember that because neither the world nor the moon and stars are ever standing absolutely still (and I don’t own a computerized/motorized tracking mount for my camera), my shutter speed can’t get too long otherwise the moon will end up a blur! Unless, of course, I am shooting star trails, which is also fun.

Anyway, it was a great chilly morning!

By the way, if you are wanting to fill the whole image frame with the moon, you will need a lens combination longer than 1,500mm! (And quite a chunk of money!!!) I took these pictures with my 200mm lens and then cropped and fused the images together.

I hope you all have a glorious Easter celebrating our risen Lord and Savior!