The Optimistic Rare Celestial event Super Blood Blue Moon Eclipse 31st January 2018

When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator

– Mahatma Gandhi

30th January 2018 was observed for 70th year of the great leader Mahatma Gandhi. And yesterday 31st January 2018 we witnessed a rare celestial event Super Blood Blue moon with full lunar eclipse. The combination of three phenomenon Blood Moon, Super Blue moon and Lunar eclipse took place 150 years ago and next will take place after 170years of now.

Before sharing my behind the shot story, let me brief you about some basics information of this celestial event.

Supermoon occurs when the moon get closest to earth which makes it looks 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

Bluemoon is second full moon of the month. It’s also a rare event.

Both of these event concide with Lunar eclipse which made this a rarest and lifetime event. Photograhers and astrologers was super excited and waiting for it from very long. I was also one of those photograhers. 

Okay ! So the story begins….

I was planning for it since the last supermoon of 2017 happened in December. I was regularly posting about this event on my social media handles so I can spread awareness for this phenomenon and can get the company of others to witness it. Last week, suddenly I was asked to travel for some official work which was urgent. So I have to drop my plans to witness and shoot the moon in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. As I used to borrow lenses to shoot events in Bhopal, I was bit upset that I won’t be able to shoot this rarest phenomenon because work tour. Also, traveling to Panna, totally a new city for me, so no chances to get the telephoto lens. On 29th January, I arrived Panna. While entering the vehicle crossed Ken river which is a lifeline of Panna Tiger Reserve. Vehicle kept going and it entered the sanctuary, the road with many turns made my first experience beautiful. These visual full of nature and purity calmed my mind and made me happy. 

Panna is still disconnected from railways. There is no industries and no factories, traffic is also less. Which makes Panna free from all kind of Air pollution. City is full of herritage buildings, ancient temples and famous of Diamond mines. 

As I am the field visit for my office work which is based on a project ‘Digital Democracy: Removing digital devide from rural areas of Madhya Pradesh’. For execution of the project, local teams were alloted laptop, printer, smartphone and a point shoot camera (fixed lens setup). I was training the co ordinators for the effective documentation of this project digitally. During photography session, I got to know that this point shoot camera Nikon Coolpix B500 model has pretty good zoom i.e, is 40X . That was the moment, I got excited. Though I was not sure how the camera will react and work in night time as it’s a point and shoot model with small sensor. But the thought ‘something is better than nothing’ hit my mind and excitement level was maintained with another urdu phrase ‘कुछ न मिलेगा तो तजुर्बा मिलेगा‘ which translates ‘If you get nothing, but you will get experience‘.

On 31st after finishing my work, I asked for the permission from local project coordinator to use the camera, and he agreed. 

Air quality of Panna is already healthy and clean, to increase the chances of more clarity, I hiked up to a near by hill. As the camera sensor is poor as compared to DSLR’s sensor. I decided not to take any chances for quality and I climed up to take the shot. I enjoyed the sunset and was eagerly waiting for moon to show up. As per my research moon rise timing was 5:45pm. Moon starts appearing in the blurr at horizon with a narrow band. Time was 6:05pm when I spotted it. Camera was unable to focus the moon. Gradually, Moon started appearing and it was already red. If you have witnessed it, I am damn sure you were also awestruck of these magical moments. This camera keep struggle to focus. I was more happier to witness the blood moon by my naked eyes. I kept camera aside and started staring the sky. I thought it’s not worth wasting time on camera as I assumed its poor sensor won’t allow me  to capture it. After an hour when complete lunar eclipse was about to end, a fine curvy edge of moon started reflecting a brightest band. Suddenly I realised the importance of this brightness. 7 years ago when I was practicing photography with a basic point and shoot, I dealt with such dark situations hell lot of times. Camera focus on the brightest part in the frame, and I took out my camera, mounted it on my tripod and start focusing on the edge. Camera hinted a green signal and finally focused the moon. Without spending a microsecond I tapped the click and took 4-5 shot. I reviewed the images, 2 shots was free from button blurr. I was amazed and so statisfied with the shots at the moment. 

I witnessed the rest of the eclipse for next one hour and packed my bag and tripod and ran back to my hotel to process and upload the image to my social media accounts @travellust.nomad on Instagram 

During this entire process, I learned the power of being optimistic and positivity. :

Here is the final shot 👇👇👇 check it.

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Star constellation – Big Dipper

“You can enjoy stargazing just by going out and learning a couple constellations with your kids.” – Timothy Ferriss

Stargazing is a hobby and amazing activity for astronomy students, photographers, night crawlers and specially kids. i also love it and like to spend time under the dark sky sometimes alone when i feels low and many times with my camera and tripod. So it’s kind of a therapy for me. 😀
Shooting stars, spotting planets like Mars, Venus etc are the learning and fun part for every children during his childhood. Even for adults it’s fun. Have you been to campfire or night drive outside your city with your friends??? What can be more amazing than stopping your car, pitching your tent in any dark place and gossiping with your friends and the night continues with having fun under the sky full of stars. 😉

I’ve been to Laddakh few months back. Being free from light pollution, the place serves the best night views for the travelers, tourists and locals who like stargazing. It is kind of adventure too, because of it’s high altitude terrains, weather conditions and trekking routes famous globally.
I shot this photograph just after sunset around 6:30 pm. I climbed  up towards Leh monastery situated in Leh. I was enjoying sunset and suddenly i made my mind to compose the monastery itself in the frame with the sunset. So, i moved bit down to the other side of monastery. The trail was so narrow and sloppy that it took twice to my calculated time to reach the desired point. Sun was already set behind the mountains leaving blue dusk and stars. The stars were enough bright and the very famous constellation URSA MAJOR which is generally known as Big dipper was clearly visible. So instead of sunset i got this pretty view. Scroll down and have look on the photograph. share your reviews, experience, thoughts and photographs in the comment section or you can also email me at varuns.pixography@gmail.com. 🙂
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My first Starstruck experience. Milkyway during my TravelLust.


“The Milky Way is nothing else but a mass of innumerable stars planted together in clusters.”- 
Galileo Galilei

Milky way which is not visible in cities because of excessive light pollution. I took this shot at north most corner of India.. near Indo-Pak Border in Himalayas, Nubra Valley Leh J&K.
The village ‘Turtuk’ is free from all kind of pollution and partly disconnected from the world. No Electricity, No network and no Internet access. Only generator used for 2-3 hours of electricity supply during evening and dinner time.After dinner, me and Joe Sieder, who was my partner in the crime and my co-traveler went out for a night walk with our Camera and tripod. The sky was showering diamonds over our heads as it was dark and dense. I enjoyed the view for almost one and half hour. Then i decided to take shot after full satisfaction with the view. We both took 10-12 shots. We were too tired because of constant bike driving throughout the day, so we went back to our guest house leaving the stars and dark sky behind.  After reaching to the room, i put down my camera and torch on the floor and lay down on my bed. The room was already dark as there were no electricity supply. Suddenly something happened  to me… Starstruck ! yes and that feeling of starstruck was so intense that after closing my eyes the silvery twinkling milky way and stars were there. I opened my eyes and the view was same, it was like there is no roof and i am laying under stars. God ! it was incredible.

During my childhood i use to count stars with my young brother Arun. We guys use to sleep over the terrace as it was very common electricity cut off to my town. And a thin stream of stars of milky way was easy to spot, but now days having this view in cities is impossible. I always thought of capturing it and finally i did it.

I am not that much good at Processing the Milky way and Astro photographs and i was eager to share it without anymore delay

I hope you guys will enjoy it and try to search about Light Pollution which is very serious issue now.
#TravelLust

My first clear shot of Milkyway. Also first experience of starstruck.

My first clear shot of Milkyway. Also first experience of starstruck.