How to catch a super moon


It's Superman! No, no, it's supermoon! Break out your long lenses.

Our last opportunity is on Sunday evening. The moon rises on at 8:54pm and the sun sets at 8:35pm. So we have no balanced light, supposing clear skies.

So for this shoot I have chosen a location that put the Golden Gate Bridge in view. This will give us a bright foreground to make up for the dark sky and still get a fairly balanced image. We will still meet at 7:30pm so we can shoot sunset at this location. I'll talk about the particulars of how to get great moon shoots as well as considerations for composition and balanced light. I will also talk about some of the ins and outs of night photography.

If you are new to photography, not to worry. If you don't know how to work all the buttons and dials, no problemo - just load a pdf of your camera manual on your phone and I can help you find everything, even if it's not a Nikon. :-)

Bring both a long lens (zoom) as well as a medium length lens for capturing the foreground. A tripod is a definite. A remote trigger and if you have it a tele-extender (to make your long lens even longer.) will be helpful.

If you are one of those who sign up at the last minute, you can call me on the day of the event at[masked] to obtain meeting details. Cut off is 3pm.


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  • Christine K.

    unfortunately Mother Nature hid the moon from us. However, we had an excellent opportunity to learn all about the advantages of fog in photography.

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Christine K.

    The shoot is still on!!!

    I hope everyone received the email I sent out this morning. some of the best photos are taken in inclement weather. Shooting the GG bridge in fog is the backup plan. Moisture and fog magnify lights in an eerily beautiful way. Bring a plastic bag to cover up your camera, wear a rain coat with a hood and come out anyway. I will show you how you can still great great photos. If in doubt look at the ones I uploaded from this morning of the Oakland port, as we also did not see the moon set. They are on that event page.


    June 23, 2013

  • Christine K.

    Info on exact meeting location and what to bring will go out tomorrow morning. i am going out for a test run tonight for the best location. Be sure to check your email tomorrow.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling well. Will not make it.

    June 23, 2013

  • Edward H.

    Hi Christine,

    I where that photo was taken from but it's not clear where we are supposed to meet.

    It should be shooting with you when I don't have a horrible cold. I have photoshopped a few of the LV photos. Is there somewhere I can post them on this blog?


    June 22, 2013

  • Larry S.

    Where is the location of this Meetup in San Francisco. I will be out of town until the afternoon and need to know where it will be held. Please provide this information.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jin K.

    Hi, I am thinking to bring my wife, but she is not going to take pictures or anything. Does my wife need to pay $25 too?

    June 10, 2013

    • Christine K.

      Hi Jin - I sent you a direct email responding to your question.

      June 10, 2013

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