Hunter’s Moon Rising

Hunter's Moon Rising

Last nights Hunter’s Moon was quite beautiful. I ducked the fog of San Francisco by heading slightly south to watch a big purple and later orange moon rise above the East Bay hills.  Air conditions weren’t as good as I had hoped for clarity, but the particulates in the air sure helped accentuate the color. If you missed the full moon last night look again tonight, you won’t be disappointed.

Photo Details
Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 800mm f5.6 IS USM + 2X teleconverter (1600mm), f/18, ISO 1600 at 1/50 sec.
Lens via BorrowLenses.com 

Behind the Scenes

Checking my position with the Moonseeker App

In a mad rush (I’d like to say it was planned and orderly) I found an opening before moonrise and confirmed the moon would rise in that spot.

Hunter’s Moon On Camera

The earth rotates 1 degree every 4 minutes so the moon will move equal its diameter in 2 minutes. That sounds like a good amount of time, but in actuality its incredibly fast. I took numerous pictures and reframed both for photos with the horizon in the frame and for clearer images of the moon higher in the sky.

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Five Useful Numbers for Sun and Moon Photographers 


Jim Goldstein is a professional photographer and author, based out of the San Francisco bay area in California, who specializes in outdoor and nature photography. Passionate about nature and the environment Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial, editorial and fine art work. For more follow Jim on Google+ | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Subscribe