Monday, September 28, 2015

Supermoon Eclipse - sorta

Red Moon over Santa Monica
Supermoon Eclipse Night turned out to be a little disappointing for local photographers and other lunatics as so much of the southwest experienced overcast skies. This disappointment was tinged with irony, of course, because we were all grateful for a little relief from high temperatures and because the skies were actually quite beautiful.

So many of us were looking forward to a clear view of the big Moon as it rose in penumbra (on the west coast any way). We'd all read Michael FryeNikon or other resources on how to capture the perfect time lapse series of the eclipse phases. I even caved in and got an intervalometer for precise timing. The dream shot just didn't "pan" out.

Just a whisper of Moon
I went to the top of Corral Canyon, way above Malibu. It is a great location where I had taken a Camera Committee group a while back. In the twilight, only a tiny edge of the Moon peeked out from behind the veil of clouds (as you can see here if you really look hard).

During the course of the evening, though, some interesting views came along. The shot at the top of this post for instance shows the Red Moon in full eclipse.

In spite of the clouds (and maybe because of them), what I enjoyed was priceless: a lovely couple of hours on a temperate evening on a mountain at the end of a gentle hike, the Moon above, the sea below.
Santa Monica Bay
Then, I had a Moon-lit walk back through dreamland to the trailhead.



You can see additional photos and a couple of animated slideshows in my Supermoon Eclipse album.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Perigee Moon of 2013

The Perigee Moon from West Adams

Last night was the night to shoot the perigee moon. I was conflicted about how to spend my time, so I combined a visit with my mom with a photo excursion. I was hoping there would be a good view of the moon from the garden at St John of God Retirement Center. 
The view was "meh" at best - actually pretty bad. And I had not done my homework, so I didn't know where to look. And there was plenty of haze. Ultimately I did get a good look at the moon, but only after the light was gone and the moon was above the haze and I adjusted my gaze far enough south.
So I snapped this souvenir and I'll hope do better next time.

Here are three essential elements for successful moon photos. (A very long lens is nice, too.)
  • Location scouting
  • Moon position research
  • Weather-conditions luck 
Weather conditions can be managed if you are free to choose your location, of course.

The next perigee moon occurs in August 2014. That would be a good time to plan an outing. So here is the Los Angeles data for essential #2 from timeanddate.com:
  • Date           August 10-11, 2014
  • Moonrise   7:40 pm  at 102°East-southeast
  • Moonset     6:07am at 255°West-southwest
The location is up to you and the weather up to Mother Nature.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Shoot the Moon Goes to the Santa Monica Mountains

In February, the Camera Committee goes to the Santa Monica Mountains to shoot the moon. Stephen Beck is assisting on the trip and together we scouted a very promising location. The photo above (with a half moon) is more a picture of our location than of the scene I expect we'll capture. I expect most of us will shoot from locations closer in.
I particularly like the standing rocks on the right.  But you never know one or more of our participants could find this to be the right view. Especially with a long lens.  Hmmm - I may change my mind.
We may linger after sunset and try a little painting with light, too. Or long exposures, maybe.

Trip info:
  • Sunday February 24
  • Meet at Malibu Civic Center at 2:30 or 3:30 at the trailhead
  • Moonrise 5:03 p.m.
    Sunset 5:47 p.m.
    End civil twilight 6:12 p.m.
  • Not too much walking required but the footing can be treacherous so wear serious boots.
  • Bring tripod, flashlight (a red filter would be good on the flashlight), fresh batteries for camera and flashlight, remote shutter release if you have one.
  • Prepare for a cold evening!
  • To reserve send a note to me
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Post outing follow-up:  our group had a good time.  You can see a gallery of my moon shots on our Meetup Page
Moonrise, top of Corral Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains

Monday, June 4, 2012

STM - Stone House Edition


La Luna peeking in the window.
I'm not ready with a complete post but I wanted to get at least one shot up here to mark the occasion of Shoot the Moon - The Stone House Edition, a Camera Committee outing.
It was a fun evening while we were on location. I hope the others got some good pictures.

Friday, January 6, 2012

First Full Moon of 2012 - Just Sayin'

The first full moon of 2012 is on Monday, January 9 (or actually very late Sunday). That means the best time to shoot the rising full moon this month is on Sunday, January 8. 
I will try to be out there somewhere.  How about you?

Sun and Moon Data for One Day

Los Angeles, California (longitude W118.4, latitude N34.1): Sunday    8 January 2012 PST
SUN Data
     Begin civil twilight 6:32 a.m.
     Sunrise 7:00 a.m.
     Sun transit 12:00 noon
     Sunset 5:01 p.m.
     End civil twilight 5:28 p.m.
MOON Data
     Moonrise 3:49 p.m. on preceding day
     Moonset 6:22 a.m. 
     Moonrise 4:48 p.m.
     Moon transit 11:59 p.m.
     Moonset 7:06 a.m. on following day
Full Moon on 8 January 2012 at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shooting the Moon in Rainbow Basin

The Camera Committee hosted a car camp in Rainbow Basin Natural Area last weekend. Carole Scurlock went out Friday afternoon (the night before full moon) and collected a few nice images. You can visit her gallery to see this shot and more from the weekend.
Moonrise in Rainbow Basin by Carole Scurlock
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