Gray Peak and the Moon

Moon rising over Gray Peak

Nice to see a plan come together. A few years ago I was at Glacier Point at sunset. Unbenounced to me it was also a full moon. If you’d ever tried to photograph the full moon and see some details in the foreground elements, it’s near impossible. That evening it didn’t go so well. Fast-forward to 2016. Using The Photographer’s Ephemeris, you can see when the sun/moon will be in relationship to the Earth. I planned on going up to Glacier Point on Wednesday afternoon (August 16) to photograph the (near) full moon as it rises over Gray Peak.

Just as expected around 7:15pm I started seeing a white spot rising over Gray Peak. I used my 5D, tripod, 300mm and 1.4 teleconverter for the first few shots (this one). Unfortunately I forgot to turn off the Image Stabilizer (IS) so they have a little “shimmy”. Once the moon was higher I switched to my 70-200mm lens (doesn’t have IS) and got clearer shots. The good thing is I’m close enough to go back next month…darn!

Mike Matenkosky

Mike is a Central Valley California landscape and nature photographer whose subjects include scenes from Merced County, Yosemite, SeKi, and the eastern Sierra. He is currently living in Atwater, CA.

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