Full Moon, Receding Storm Clouds, Sunset

ISO100, 200m, f/10, 1/50 sec
El Dorado Hills, CA

Digging through the photo archives from last month reveals a workable shot for today’s blog post.  I spied the rising moon coming out of work and quickly drove to a nearby shopping center in order to frame a clear shot of the moon, clouds, and something besides buildings.  And yes, I have run out of good photographs of Alcatraz.

(click through on the image to view in 700px)

In case shooting the moon is in your future, just remember that shooting soon after sunrise or before sunset gives you the best opportunity to capture the features of the moon along with some of the surrounding elements on land.  A full (or near full) moon is so overly bright at night that in order to expose the moon properly, pretty much anything else you have framed within the composition is underexposed and is black.  So you end up with a bright moon, properly exposed with no context.  A giant bright moon on a black background.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 200mm, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/10

Full Moon, Receding Storm Clouds, Sunset.  El Dorado Hills, California.  January 25, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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