Thursday, September 3, 2009

Full Moon + Great Weather = Night Photography

This is a good time for night photography. The moon is full, the skies are relatively clear and the temperature is not too cold.

Old House on Railroad Ave - Half Moon Bay After Dark

Here are a few web pages with tips for photographing the moon itself.

And on Friday September 4, the rare event of the full moon setting just as the sun rises allows you to shoot a low moon with your choice of foreground illuminated by that rising sun. Getting out of bed that early on Friday is good practice for the upcoming Reno Balloon Races.

Moonlight provides a great opportunity to take unusual pictures of common objects. Get your tripod and remote shutter cable out, drag along a partner and find something to take long exposure shots of. Old cars and ancient architecture are favorites. Bring along some colored lights and a flash and try some light painting.

It's a holiday weekend and many of you have an extra day to play with, so why not give it a shot?

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