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Super Moon Rising over Boston

  • Aug 10, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This is a repeat of the Charles River Reflections tour, Part 2, where we will attempt to capture the super!-full moon rising over the Boston skyline. A super moon is one with the shortest distance between Earth and Moon, which makes the moon appear larger than usual. At the end is an example from a few years ago when I did this (still learning night photography) and another example from last year's shoot that we are repeating here.

This will take us to Memorial Drive west of the Mass Avenue bridge, which enables us to shoot the moon as it comes up between the high risers. Moon rises at 7:36 and it will be coming over the buildings just a few minutes later. The sun will set behind us at 7:53 and the city will be lit up for a nice orange glowing frame for the moon. Bring you longest lens that you have, perhaps with a 2x teleconverter to get a big, fat moon over the buildings.

We will meet about at point A in this map here (open the link in your mobile browser, not the map app), then walk further away from the city to get to the Boston University Bridge. This has a graffiti-ed train bridge going right underneath. Bring a very bright flashlight to light it up, it is very dark, but interesting with the graffiti on it. Maybe we will see the train come out again as we did last year.

If there is enough interest, we can then proceed down Storrow Drive along the greenery walkway, which has some very nice objects to shoot and light paint and a good view on the Cambridge side with water reflections. Walking from point C to D is much shorter than shown, I believe.

We will conclude the walk by crossing the Mass Ave bridge, which in itself is a good object and allows for more skyline shots at night with the bridge being the leading line.

Note that the entire loop is a 3 mile walk, which will take you about an hour straight walking. You can cut it short, of course, by skipping the Storrow Drive part.

See some pictures below that I took a long time ago, before I knew how to do night photography. 

Suggested equipment: walking/hiking shoes, drinks, snacks, camera, tripod, flash lights for light painting (the train bridge will need something very bright!). Lenses: anything from very wide to ultra-zoom will work. I suggest you bring the longest lens you got to capture the moon rise between the buildings. I will bring my 200mm with 2x converter. The below shot was done at 400mm, but it was windy (hence, not too stable).

The red flag will be our meeting point on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, there is parking nearby at the boat house. This is west of the Mass Avenue bridge right on the water. The blue lines indicate where the moon rises (fat line) and where it will be when it comes up above the buildings (thin line). The highlighted rectangle on the bottom right is the Hancock tower, we will try to get the moon to come up just to the left of it, see photos #2 and 3.

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  • Carolyn B.

    Fantastic : )

    August 16, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    Beautiful night: 70s, no wind, fantastic orange moon, fun to see lots of old group members and to meet new ones.

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • Jurgen M L.

    Our biggest meetup ever. Including some six others who weren't part of the group, there were more than 30 people. Great supermoon, with extra cloud streaks (ordered just for us!) and picture perfect weather. :-)

    2 · August 11, 2014

  • Patti A.

    I have 18-55mm lens ..Is it useful coming with that lens ??

    August 10, 2014

    • Jurgen M L.

      For the portion after dark yes, but you won't see much of the moon, it'll be fairly small.

      August 10, 2014

    • Patti A.

      Hmm.. Thank you.. Need to travel 1hr , so wanted know if I got right equipment

      August 10, 2014

  • Elizabeth R.

    Chris, this is one important reason for us to plan a NYC meetup! Good luck with your move.

    1 · August 9, 2014

    • Chris D.

      Oh yes, please!!! I'm in for an NYC meetup anytime after September :)

      August 9, 2014

  • Chris D.

    Unfortunately, I doubt I'll be done with packing. Will miss you guys but hope to see you in NYC soon!!!

    August 9, 2014

  • Leslie

    Hi thank you for this detailed information. I didn't know we could park at the boat house - thank you for that tip!

    August 9, 2014

    • Jurgen M L.

      Very limited parking along Memorial Drive. Plan on 10-15 minutes extra...

      August 9, 2014

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