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Shoot the Moonrise over Sand Key Bridge from Sand Key Beach

The full moon will rise tonight about 8:40 PM behind the Sand Key Bridge.  This event doesn't happen very often, sometimes not even every year.  The best location "should" will be along the north end of Sand Key, along the beach and break wall.

I can't extremely accurately predict the best spot to shot the moonrise.  I may be off as much as 100 yards so be prepared to move your camera/tripod in a hurry.  We'll have about 15 minutes to capture the best reflections etc, so come prepared with fresh batteries and cards and shoot LOTS of images, this may not happen again from this location, for a few years.

The meetup starts at 8 PM so that experienced members can give instruction on how to set your cameras for best White Balance, Exposure Mode, ISO, Drive Setting, Auto Focus Setting etc.  Arrive late and we'll do the best we can to bring you up to speed, but no promises.  You will need a tripod to best capture this scene.

Afterwards we can catch a bite to eat and relax on Clearwater Beach at the newly remodeled Bait House in Clearwater Marina.

 

 

 

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  • Cade

    This was my first shooting meet-up. I know nothing about using my Rebel Xsi in manual settings. I have shot in the automatic modes.

    Jeff spent about 40 minutes with me going through some basics about both my camera and tripod. A great tutoring session. Jeff explains things with both clarity and brevity, and a humorous, unassuming style. I am thankful to have learned so much, so easily. This was enormously instructive.

    4 · July 13, 2014

  • Kyle

    Great group of guys. No moon. Go Nikon!

    3 · July 13, 2014

  • Jo B.

    I had a great time tonight. Got a few nice sunset pictures. I enjoyed hanging out with "the guys" afterward too!

    3 · July 13, 2014

    • Nancy S

      Please post a few pictures too! Didn't go to the Bait House, maybe next time!

      July 13, 2014

  • Mikell H.

    Since this was my first meetup with this group, I was just happy to meet people. The clouds kept us from seeing the moon rise...but they also provided some pretty spectacular sunset shots...so they are forgiven. Great to finally get out to a meetup and hope to join more. It was my first time to Sand Key too...so thanks for planning this ...it was all good! :)

    3 · July 12, 2014

  • Nancy S

    OK, no Thunder Moon (Hay Moon or Buck Moon), but a lovely sunset and nice weather for the event.

    2 · July 12, 2014

  • Deb

    I'm not gonna make it tonight. Working near pier 60

    July 12, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Sorry, I'm going to bail out. Just don't think it's going to happen for us. Good luck!

    July 12, 2014

  • Nancy S

    I'm going to head over and take the chance, but the sky to the east is getting very dark and stormy.

    July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Our area has thunderstorms already. Heading back.

      July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do they take credit cards at the parking meters or do Ipick up some change

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      Yes, meters take credit cards and cash.

      July 12, 2014

  • Cade

    I'm assuming everything is a Go. Jeff sent an email saying he'd contact us at 6:00pm, at the latest, if it was to be cancelled...but Bay News 9 has been saying rains will be coming later this evening. I figured Jeff's hands are tied with a prediction like that. Too tough of a call for him. I plan on driving to Sand Key until I get rained on.

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      Weather and cloud cover look promising.

      July 12, 2014

  • Mark W.

    Are we on for tonight?

    July 12, 2014

  • Ping H.

    Hi, Jeff,
    The date is june27 or July 12? I can make it 07/12, but not 6/27

    June 13, 2014

    • Jeff D.

      The full moon is July 12. Somehow the meetup website published the wrong date, sorry about that.

      June 13, 2014

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