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Moon of the Popping Trees

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

"I've never seen a moon in the sky that, if it didn't take my breath away, at least misplaced it for a moment."

–Colin Farrell

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This moon shoot was a long shot, literally and figuratively. We were over 4 miles away from the subject, shooting with 900mm focal length at night, and I wasn’t sure if it would work, especially with thick clouds on the horizon. I had tried shooting this scene earlier this year, but it was a bust.

Last night, when the moon rose right behind the California Tower, the scene took my breath away and my heart started racing so wildly that I could hear my heartbeat. Sometimes we have to try several times before realizing a vision, so getting this on the second pass was very satisfying.

Thanks to Ken, my partner-in-crime, who has become a creative, adept photographer, and who has brought his mad skills as an architect to the table and leveled up our ability to plan more complex shots like this. Slowly, we’ve been working together to develop a moon photography workshop, and it has been a fun collaboration, always full of adventures!

Also have to give a shout out (again) to the friends at PhotoPills and PlanIt who make this kind of planning and visioning possible.

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