Full Moon During Sunset


Full Moon During Sunset by Chip Bunnell Photography

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Once a month, there is one day that is my favorite for capturing interesting moon images.  Normally, everyone flocks outdoors to watch the full moon rise.  Don’t get me wrong, that is spectacular for sure.  I, however, am always looking for the moment others do not see.  For me, I rather enjoy the night before the “official” full moon.

“The night before the full moon”, you may ask?  Absolutely!  First, there are far less crowds which makes it easier to work the scene for the best image.  But even greater, it is the one night a month that you can see both the rich, golden colors of the sunset while, at the same time, watch the moon quietly rise with a stealth-like entrance.  But be warned, even with an eye trained on the exact right point of the horizon at the exact right time, you must look closely or you may miss the beginning of its rise.

I captured this moment just minutes after the moon was barely visible.  A single seagull flying over head, searching for its dinner, added the perfect element as it passed through the upper profile of the star of this evening’s show.  People on the pier, already well engaged on their weekend fun, added the human bond to this magical moment in nature.

Photo Stuff:  Single frame, processed in LR, Topaz Clarity and Nik Analog Efex Pro 2.

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