Farmland full moon


This is last nights full moon rising over a pair of farms. I went out with a friend to this spot we had tried for during last months full moon, and after using his cell phone to utilize the program called The Photographers Ephemeris,we were in disagreement over were it said the moon would hit the horizon. I used my compass and the coordinates the program said and as it ended up ,I was in the right spot and my friend was down the road a hundred yards or so in the wrong spot. It takes a little effort to look at the satellite image and decide exactly were you are and need to be,but it is a great tool. The moon was not visible right away,but became stronger as it climbed. I had to shoot from my truck roof because the corn was too high to see the farms.

Here is a screen shot of the program we use. the colored lines show you all the rise/set positions.this is the portland headlight in Maine as an example.

12 responses to “Farmland full moon

  1. Beautiful. I’ll have to try that app. Every month I try to find out where the moon is going to come up. I have a moon app that has a compass and shows where the moon is supposed to come up and it has worked pretty good. But this month it told me the moon was going to rise 20 minutes after it actually rose. I was able to shoot it after it was already above the horizon but was disappointed that they gave me such a wrong time.

    • The Photographers Ephemeris is wonderful,but where we run into trouble is when we look at the satellite image on my friends phone,there are lines transposed on the land showing you moonrise/moonset,sunrise/sunset,so as you look at the image you must decide the exact lay of the land before you,relative to the phone image. its all relative to your interpretation.Last night i decided my friend was off on his interpretation and moved a hundred yards up the road. once there i got out my compass and it confirmed the moonrise would be in my shot. its nice when you have a cool location and wonder if the sun or moon comes up can check any date in the future to preplan a shot.

  2. Very well done, Donald! This is a very beautiful image that’s perfect for showing the difference between “taking” and “making a photograph”!

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