Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse Over Whistler

Blood Moon Timelapse over Whistler

Last night the cosmos gave us a spectacular show – a full lunar eclipse on the Hunter’s Moon.

What is a “Blood Moon”?

The term “blood moon” is one of many that originate from from folklore and skylore (a form of folklore centred on the sky). There was a blood moon back on April 15th 2014 and last night’s was the second of four consecutive total eclipses in a series, known as a tetrad, with the remaining three eclipses taking place on  April 4, 2015, and September 28, 2015.

According to earthsky.org, “The Hunter’s Moon is the next full moon after the Harvest Moon”, and it was also accompanied by a lunar eclipse, also known as a blood moon. The Hunter’s Moon comes after the autumnal equinox and also goes by other names, depending on where you’re from, and can also be called the Hunter’s Moon, the Frosty Moon, or the Beaver Moon

Blood Moon over Whistler

Any kind of lunar display is an exciting event, and local photographer (and baker of incredible cookies, really!) David McColm was out at the crack of dawn, primed with his camera, a steady hand and a fist-full of determination to capture the blood moon over Whistler. Above are a few timelapse shots that David has stitched together to show the changing colour phases of the moon. The ominous cloud adds an eerie feeling to the aptly named blood moon.

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Ashley Barker Photography

If you’ve skied Whistler – then like me, you’ve probably sat at the top of Whistler Mountain, looked out over countless mountain tops, and had your mind blown by the awe-inspiring beauty that lay before you. And although I can truly appreciate the scenes before me, any attempt I make at capturing these images with a camera tend to end up in the “disappointing is an understatement” department.

So it is with huge respect and admiration that I look upon the work of accomplished photographer and Whistler local,  Ashley Barker. Her images seem to resonate with vivid truth and are so full of life that if I let my mind wander, I can actually feel a brisk mountain breeze. Unlike some photographers who seem to have singular style, Ashley excels in an array of photography – and is sought after for everything from weddings to commercial product shots to action/adventure.

While Ashley has worked with many clients in many different industries, even lending her lens to capture the spirit of Summit Lodge & Spa, her photography is largely renowned and coveted within the mountain culture world.

Formally trained, but passion driven – Ashley, only in her mid-twenties, has broken through the seemingly impenetrable male-dominated world of lifestyle/action photography. An accomplished athlete in her own right, Ashley braves the conditions to get the shot. With over a decade of experience under her belt and 8 published magazine covers, Ashley’s clientele is impressive and includes such big-wigs as TransWorld Magazine, Snowboarder Magazine, Golden Ride Magazine, DC, Quicksilver, Billabong and many more.

I could go on and on about how Ashley’s work is important for female photographers everywhere or how she is a photographic ambassador to the natural world or that she is simply an awesome Whistler local, but in an effort not to expose the “photographers-crush” I clearly have – I’ll simply leave you with a Q&A from a previous interview and links to her portfolio and photography blog.

Sharp Shooters: Behind the Scenes with TransWorld’s Elite Senior Photographer Ashley Barker

Q: First Cover?

A: Snowboarder 2007

Q: If I were a camera, I’d be a ______.

A: Leica

Q: Best excuse for blowing the shot.

A: I didn’t hear you call dropping on the radio

Q: One accessory you can’t shoot without

A: The rider

Q: Black & White or Color?

A: Black & White

Q: One tip that changed your career?

A: Backlight

Q: Advice for up-and-comers?

A: Take risks and don’t shoot stock

Q: Top three photographers?

A: Richard Avedon, Annie Lebowitz & David LaChapelle

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