Moonset over San Francisco, CA

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This was the second attempt at getting a photograph of the Moon set over San Francisco for Andy and I. When I left the house at 5AM to make the hour drive the Moon was clear and bright, and in San Jose, CA there was no fog. That wasn’t the case by the sea. There was a thin layer of fog over the city, and the longer I waited for the moon to set the thicker the fog got so, by the time the Moon set the city was nearly invisible.
This is a composite of two frames blended. The city is the very first photo I took and 3 minutes later I exposed for the moon and that’s what I’ve blended here.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 70-300mmVR @ 270mm| 2f11| ISO 160| Manual Mode| Tripod| Release Cable| The city was an 8 second exposure, and the Moon was a 0.6 second exposure


Author: circadianreflections

My name is Deborah Zajac. I'm a photographer living in Silicon Valley. I am a passionate nature, landscape, night/astro photographer. I shoot predominately in color and use Nikon Digital Cameras, and lenses. I hope you enjoy seeing some of the photos I've taken while on my travels. Please feel free to leave a comment I'd love to hear from you.

2 thoughts on “Moonset over San Francisco, CA”

  1. this is rather inspiring. a composite, then?

    if i am interpreting your setup correctly, wondering if metering for the city, then putting an appropriately dense GND, possibly stacked, over the moon would have a similar result?

    1. Thank you Todd!
      I had the same thought after the fog was too thick to see the city. Grrr! I need be quicker thinking it through with Moon shots. 🙂 I think a 2 stop Grad ND would have done the trick.
      Not a total loss though. I learned more about Layers and blending, and that my Grad probably would have worked here, and I need to try that next time.

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