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Full moon in Rockport

This is a meetup to shoot the full moon rising over the ocean, followed by light painting dramatic rock formations and perhaps catching some of picturesque Rockport.

I figured that a work day Friday 5 pm is too early for a meetup anywhere, so I chose Saturday.

The full moon rises at 6:20, sun sets 24 minutes earlier, so we should still have quite a bit of light left in the sky to make full moon and sky less harsh in contrast and give us beautiful pictures of the rising moon over the ocean. 

We will meet at point A in the map and the view East will include Thatcher Island with its two light houses to the right of the moon, you can include it or not. This location also has some very nice rocks begging for light painting, see a shot below from a couple years ago when I was right on those rocks (trying to shoot the Perseid meteors in full moon - duh!).

Once the moon is up high and too bright, we will move on and go up the coast in several stops to hit several nice coastal areas and a couple parks for great landscape and rock light painting. Stops will include Gap Cove (B), Old Garden Landing (C), T-Wharf and Yacht Harbor (D), Mill Brook meadow Park (between D and E) and finally Gott Lane near Halibut State park. The park is closed at night (don't know if it is also locked), but the rock formations at the tip of the peninsula should be accessible through Gott Lane. 

I will have final route plans by next Friday and will hand them out when we get together. 

Suggested equipment: long zoom lens [masked] mm) to catch the full moon rising, and then anything else you can bring along. For the rock formations, medium range to very wide will work well. Tripod, remote/intervalometer and flash lights for light painting. See the Discussion board / equipment topic for suggestions.

Dress in layers, this will be a cool night with wind from the ocean. Gloves highly recommended, a light rain jacket to counter the sea spray, and hiking boots are an absolutely MUST have if you go on the rocks, this is very uneven terrain, but the full moon will illuminate it nicely. Current weather forecast is for partly cloudy with 48° low. I will update the meetup in the comments below as we go.

Here is the approximate route and the link to it (open it in the browser when on mobile, not in maps)

This is a photo I shot 2 years ago in full moon and the next one shows the rocks where I was (star) from satellite:


Here is a nice double-exposure I took that same night:

And here is a full moon rising, something I expect we can easily do (with somewhat darker sky):

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  • Bob M.

    Great time! Thanks...

    October 21, 2013

  • Dimitri B.

    Very nice, thank you Jurgen. I will keep in mind Old Penzance Rd for a future moonrise

    October 21, 2013

  • Jackie C.

    Thank you Jurgen..It was very nice

    October 21, 2013

  • Ellen

    Thank you for the handout on Night Photography Equipment & Basic Settings.

    October 21, 2013

  • YAIR M.

    Challenging light situation. Got one nice tip from Jurgen. Jurgen, what is the site, your site re the different tips re night photography. I am afraid I lost the handout you provided us during the lecture at the Boston Camera Club. Thanks for the tip. It worth coming there for only practicing the formula. Thanks.

    October 20, 2013

  • Jackie C.

    Very nice

    October 20, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Great location and of course the group was great as always...I arrived late but it was worth the drive!

    October 20, 2013

  • Dimitri B.

    Beautiful location but we did not see the noon on this cloudy night

    October 19, 2013

  • Helen

    Is there parking at the first stop? Thanks!

    October 18, 2013

  • Sherri V.

    FYI
    The Rockport HarvestFest is this Saturday from 10am to 6pm

    October 15, 2013

    • Jurgen M L.

      Sounds like a full day program opportunity... :)

      October 15, 2013

  • Dena

    Anyone interested in getting dinner before at JT Farum.. my favorite seafood shack... 88 Eastern Ave Essex... only a short detour but worth it...

    October 15, 2013

  • Sherri V.

    With guest!

    October 14, 2013

    • Jurgen M L.

      Hi Sherri: I didn't enable guest in the sign-up for a reason and strongly encourage you to leave non-shooting guests at home, not a suitable event for tag-alongs.

      October 15, 2013

  • Bob M.

    90% chance I can make this! Hope to see everyone there!

    October 14, 2013

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