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Photographing the Thunder Moon - East Bay - Oakland

  • Jul 13, 2011 · 6:45 PM

There are many ways to create a great moon photograph, but a full moon is one of the most visually arresting and unique.

You will learn how to balance your moon exposure with the rest of your composition and learn some secrets on how to get a big moon. I will also share my secrets on how to calculate the best locations and prepare for your own future full moon shoots.

In July the best days will be one day before the actual full moon and on the full moon. There will be two events in two separate locations: one in the East Bay and one in San Francisco. Come to one or both. Both locations are being selected for their picturesque composition possibilities.

Moonrise will be at 7:25pm and 8:10pm respectively and sunset will be at 8:32pm. While we wait for the moon to rise, the bonus session will be on practicing how to balance ambient with flash for portraits. If you’re lucky you'll get a beautifully lit portrait with a nice background and a rising moon - all naturally balanced.

Bring your camera and a tripod. If you want to practice balancing ambient with flash, bring your strobe, a light modifier or reflector and a plan for how to trigger your flash (infrared (CLS), slave, cable, or radio).

Any experience level welcome. However, you should be familiar with your particular camera. If you are not I recommend you bring the camera manual to this event.


Side Note: The name Thunder Moon was given to July's full moon by Native Americans. They kept track of the passage of time by observing the waxing and waning of the moon. Names were based on occurrences they recognized in in their natural surroundings. Thunderstorms are at their most frequent in July.

Exact meeting location will be emailed to paid YES rsvps.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately it was very foggy and we couldn't see the moonrise. But we practised off camera flash instead. It was good.

    July 15, 2011

  • Leslie C.

    I had fun, even though the moon did not make much of an appearance. I enjoyed learning new methods I can use for photographing a full moon and for taking portrait photos balancing ambient light and off camera flash. It was definitely worth the time spent. Christine is a good instructor and shared some great tips with the group.

    July 14, 2011

  • Sun-Yo

    well, the moon wasn't cooperating, but learned a lot about off camera flash photography from Christine!

    July 14, 2011

  • Christine K.

    As Mike D. said, the moon was pretty much a no-show, except for a few brief appearances much later in the evening. We took advantage of having a mini OCF workshop, learning some new techniques on how to get a big moon and overall enjoyed Oakland's inner waterfront. The racing sailboate literally just yards from where we stood were an unexpected bonus. Great group! Thanks for keeping spirits high despite the absent moon.

    July 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time with great people. We might want to consider kicking the moon out of the group, because it was a no-show. But we still managed to get in some practical shooting. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, Christine.

    July 13, 2011

  • Christine K.

    yes, that would be Thursday, July 14. I'll switch you. Have not settled on a location. Still checking out new locales for a different type of image than previous workshops. Will put it to a vote among participants a few days before.

    June 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am only interested in SF shoot. Is that thursday and where do we meet.

    June 15, 2011

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