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.