Moon Rising

Planning a moon rise shot is one thing… executing it seems to be a different thing altogether!…

Planning wise you ideally want to be getting the rise in the day(ish) light if you want some foreground interest to be included due to the moons brightness… if the sun is down its difficult to get the exposure right as the moon is bright and the background dark which the camera can’t handle well…

The weather (being the UK) is the unpredictable variable… the skies overhead were clear enough, blue with a few wispy clouds… arrived at the location I had chosen and looked promising..

Moon Rising

As the sun sank into the horizon it became evident all was a little cloudier than first thought…
Moon Rising

I waited it out though as you never know…
Moon Rising

…hummm… looking a little ‘misty’ to say the least but sure enough the moon started to poke up over the horizon…

Used the 6D, 100-400L and 2x Extender to get the moon a decent size in frame, meant I lost AF of course but no drama… apart from I hadn’t fitted the stabilising bracket I normally use on this setup so focusing was a pain plus with the ever decreasing light from the sunset and the stark contrast of the moon I was struggling a little with exposure… I think I was just rushing to be honest as it was the first opportunity I had in all my recent planned shots to actually try capturing the moon rise…

As a result I did get a couple of shots in…
Moon Rising

Moon Rising

Happy enough with the outcome as its the first time I have been able to be in a position to get this type of shot…

As always I learnt from the experience… need to bring my stabilising bracket, focus on ‘focus’, bracket the shots to ensure a chance of exposing correctly against the fairly rapidly changing lighting conditions..

I think I was also a little late in the cycle on the cross over between sun set and moon rise… if I was a day or so earlier then I may not have had to battle with exposure as much… now I have finally popped my moon rise cherry I can go into the next opportunity a little wiser 🙂

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