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Shoot the Moon in the Santa Monica Mountains

  • Feb 24, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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The day before the full moon is the time to shoot the moon in the environment. The almost full moon rises before sunset, so your foreground is nicely illuminated with glowy light. Our scene will be rocky ridges, chaparral and, with luck, something of interest in the sky besides La Luna, Full disclosure: we always run the risk of hazy conditions that obscure moonrise. There will be a sunset, too - same disclosure applies.

We've got a terrific location in the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu. There will be plenty of space for our little group to spread out for different compositions and it doesn't require too much hiking. Hopefully we'll stay out of each other's frames - or add interest to the composition.

Beginners are welcome. The point of this trip is the photography (not the hike). Advice will flow. Ideas will be tested. Experimentation will rule! Bring your camera manual. Bring your remote shutter release if you have one. Bring your flashlight because if you become enchanted, you will want to stay out for every last candlefoot of available light and the walk back to the parking will be moonlit.

The terrain is uneven, hard rock and dusty dirt patches with loose gravel and weathered roots. Wear your better boots with lug soles, which are good when carrying your tripod and camera pack. Be prepared for cold and windy conditions.

This is a small group. Details will be communicated via private email not Meetup email. To reserve a spot, send an email message to joanschipper[at]ix.netcom.com. Include your full name, email address, phone number (prefereably your cell phone if you have one - for last minute communications) and rideshare information.

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  • Joan S.

    I posted a few comments with my photos about stuff I learned and observed on this trip. It would be great to hear more from you folks if you had any "break-throughs".

    Thanks, Stephen, for straightening me out on the photo attribution. Of course, Chuck (the avid bird photographer) would have the long lens to take advantage of the optical compression and achieve a whopping big moon. Sorry for the confusion!

    March 4, 2013

    • Ebie

      Very nice photos Joan. There are other terms that I am still digesting...

      March 4, 2013

  • Stephen B.

    Welcome back from Death Valley, Joan. Thanks again for putting our Shoot the Moon trip together. The weather cooperated nicely and the moon appeared for us as scheduled. It is nice to see how we all used some personal creativity to put together some rather different images. I like them all. By the way, Chuck had a longer lens than I and he posted that nice photograph with the very big moon.

    March 4, 2013

  • Joan S.

    I'm just back from three nights in Death Valley and you guys have been busy. Ebie couldn't make the outing but still nabbed a couple of nice moon shots. Stephen posted two nice shots that seem to demonstrate the "long lens" + "optical compression" = "big moon" equation we talked about. Joyce came in with the image that most closely matches what I was hoping to get.
    Thanks all. I hope to get something up this evening.

    March 4, 2013

  • Joan S.

    What! Still no photos from our terrific STM outing!
    I hope that means you are out there doing fun things and are just too busy to post.

    February 28, 2013

    • Ebie

      Hi Joan can I share my moon shots from Saturday taken in Laguna beach?

      February 28, 2013

    • Joan S.

      YES! Please do!

      February 28, 2013

  • Grant R.

    Thank you Joan & Stephen for making the trip possible.

    February 24, 2013

  • Joan S.

    What a day!
    We got to our location in Corral Canyon about 3:00pm and the wind was blowing like crazy so we wondered if we would get even a single sharp frame. But as we scouted around to find the best moon-view spots things calmed down. There was a haze on the distant horizon that we thought would obscure the moonrise, so some of us took up positions with closer horizons and waited. La Luna arrived on time and pretty much where we expected her. She looked great! We had a fun time until the light faded and we gave up. By then, we were photo-sated and getting hungry and chilled, so we passed on the painting with light. Another time, we'll make a special trip just for that experiment.

    We had a good group of nice folks. I have high hopes that they will share some great photos in the Meetup gallery.

    Thanks to all who came out to shoot the moon!

    February 24, 2013

  • Joan S.

    my +3 are Chuck, Grant and Adela

    February 23, 2013

  • Ebie

    Sorry, I will miss out on this photo shoot. I hurt my left ankle while hiking in Yosemite over the weekend, and I thought I would be able to handle it this Sunday.

    February 22, 2013

  • Joan S.

    I am thrilled with the interest in this meet up. Allan be sure to get on the wait list in case vacancies happen.

    February 3, 2013

  • Allan D.

    Full without an announcement! I need to check the calendar often.

    February 3, 2013

  • Joan S.

    Grant Rigby and Chuck Gonzales are my +2

    January 28, 2013

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