Full Moon Over Des Moines

Posted by posted by Kevin Barber Thursday, January 24, 2008 at

Full Moon Over Des Moines
Originally uploaded by barbkev
I've been chasing after this image for quite a while and this is pretty close to what I envisioned. Ideally, I'm hoping to someday catch the full moon right behind the skyline.

There's a little bit of a story behind capturing this. I had earlier in the day debated about taking my camera with me as I left, but with the really cold weather (highs in the teens - where's that global warming?) I didn't want to leave my camera out in the cold car. So, I drove right past this spot around 4pm. Noticing how crisp and clear the sky was, I thought it would be great for photography. I checked on my GPS to figure out what time moonrise/sunset were for the day and I had about an hour for each (Sun was going down a few minutes before moon came up). I had just enough time to make it home for the camera and get back to that spot.

I had to wait about 10 minutes before the moonrise and I kept looking at the GPS and the clock thinking "where is the moon" when all of a sudden I saw an orange dome shape on the horizon. I first thought it was one of the buildings downtown, but realized it was the moon - right on time. It is amazing how quickly it rises - by the time I got set up, the moon was already about this high.

I captured about 50 frames before my hands froze - most were panoramic and HDR - those will be fun to stitch together! This was single-frame HDR. I was excited to get something up on the blog.



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