It was so much fun photographing the rising moon in Death Valley last month. So tonight, I decided to head over to the city and give it a try in an urban landscape. I knew the moonrise would be around 5:30, and I had a vague idea that if I got up on Telegraph Hill near Coit Tower, that it might be nice. My first shots included the Bay Bridge and the east bay hills. Unfortunately, the moon appeared only for a moment, between two dark storm cloud layers.
I took a few shots and met my patient husband who had been waiting in the car (it is never a good idea to do serious photography with non-photogs along, even ones I love as much as I do him!) Hungry, we headed over to North Beach and cruised around, finally lucking out in finding a parking spot. I left my tripod in the car and we walked toward the restaurant. Within two blocks, I noticed Coit Tower with the moon rising just behind it. My sweetheart jogged the 5 blocks back to the car for my tripod. Another 30 minutes behind the camera brought many great images.
It is always tricky to get the right exposure without blowing out the details of the moon. In this photo, the moon had slipped behind a thin layer of clouds, so I was able to preserve the detail in the moon while exposing long enough to catch the tower and just a hint of the buildings below. Tomorrow I'll share a verticle of this same location.
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