Last night was the arrival of the harvest moon. A check on a weather Web site showed that the moonrise and sunset would occur within 17 minutes of each other, giving enough light to catch foreground details while providing for an exposure time that would not overexpose the moon.
Having been to the beach at Evanston, Illinois the week before, I wanted to return to a relic pier that stretched into Lake Michigan, and having been there at sunrise, I had a good idea of where the moon would make its appearance.
I set up my camera on a tripod on the rocky beach, framed the pilings and waited for the star of the picture to arrive. And arrive it did- on time and in position. All I had to do was not mess it up inside the camera.
Moonrise over Lake Michigan at Evanston, Illinois. 135mm prime lens, circular polarizer and 2-stop graduated neutral density filter, 30 seconds at f16, 100 ISO film. Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2006 James Jordan.
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