Full Moon and Night Photography


Photographing the Full Sturgeon Moon











Ever wondered how to capture a full moon? Every month nature gives us a chance. But how do you create a memorable image? How do you figure out exposure or what lens is best to use? Or even where the moon will rise? Where is the best location then?

You will learn all these things in a two hour workshop. I have chosen a great location for next month's Sturgeon Moon that will give you a great image of the moon rising in the East behind San Francisco's skyline while the sun shoots its last rays from the west to light up the skyline and anything in front of it - such as the Golden Gate Bridge.

I will also share my secrets on how to calculate the best locations and prepare for your own future full moon shoots as well as share my secret on how to achieve a big moon with an in-camera double exposure.

We will stay out past sunset to watch and photograph the city and bridge light up and follow the moon as it ascends through the night sky.

Bring your camera and a tripod. You should understand how to operate your camera in manual mode. Otherwise no specific experience is required to achieve full happiness.

We will meet at the dirt parking lot on the south side of Golden Gate Bridge. It is accessible via Lincoln Blvd nearest the Battery East Trail. From there we can carpool across the bridge to our final destination. Email me if you don't know where it is.

Side Note: The name Sturgeon Moon was given to the August full moon by Native Americans fishing tribes. They kept track of the passage of time by observing the waxing and waning of the moon. Names were based mostly on natural occurences. The sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.

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  • rhonda e.

    Christine is a very good instructor. I try not to miss her events because they are always fun and iI always learn something that enhances my photography skill.

    August 3, 2012

  • Christine K.

    Although the moon could not make a proper appearance for us, the fog delighted us in other ways and we created images we could not have imagined before setting out.

    August 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unpredictable fog covered the moon which cancelled out the main theme of the workshop. However I did pick up a few tricks and met some nice people.

    August 2, 2012

  • david

    good group.great leader.
    no ones faught but no full moon.

    August 2, 2012

  • vicky

    I missed the meetup for various reasons:
    Address my GPS thinks is in other side of GG park;
    Call the 2 phone #: one of them disconnected; other no one answered.
    So I waited in the parking lot but the fog/moon not cooperating. I drove all the back to East Bay; crossing the Bay bridge, saw the moon over port of Oakland.
    I left my cell # with hostess but no one called.
    A more than 2 hours in commute, I did see full moon over the crane of port of Oakland. Wonder when it will ever migrate to the other side of GG bridge?!
    Better luck next time.

    August 1, 2012

  • Jeff f.

    Is there a group here? In the parking lot now.

    August 1, 2012

  • Jeff f.

    I'm running late but will be there soon, I got stuck in the ballgame traffic.

    August 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be at the GG bridge tonight for the full moon .. If your group is full, I'll say hello anyway !

    August 1, 2012

  • gloria

    Not really sure how to get to the parking lot. Is there a google map you can post? otherwise, what would be the direction coming from Sausalito?

    July 31, 2012

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