Waxing Gibbous Moon and Coit Tower

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The Moon was 99.9% full last night and my friend Dali asked if I wanted to go up to the city and photograph it over Coit Tower. Of course I said yes!

It was breezy and chilly, but beautiful!


Moon and Coit Tower

Coit Tower:

” Coit Tower, a slender white concrete column rising from the top of Telegraph Hill, has been an emblem of San Francisco’s skyline since its completion in 1933, a welcoming beacon to visitors and residents alike. Its observation deck, reached by elevator (tickets can be purchased in the gift shop), provides 360-degree views of the city and bay, including the Golden Gate and Bay bridges.

The simple fluted tower is named for Lillie Hitchcock Coit, a wealthy eccentric and patron of the city’s firefighters. Coit died in 1929, leaving a substantial bequest “for the purpose of adding to the beauty of the city I have always loved.” The funds were used to build both the tower and a monument to Coit’s beloved volunteer firefighters, in nearby Washington Square. The tower was designed by the firm of Arthur Brown, Jr., architect of San Francisco’s City Hall. Contrary to popular belief, Coit Tower was not designed to resemble a firehose nozzle.” http://sfrecpark.org/destination/telegraph-hill-pioneer-park/coit-tower/

More information about Coit Tower can be found at sfrecpark.org’s link above.


I was gone most the week-end so, I’m behind with emails and blogs. I’m playing catch up again. 🙂

Nikon Df| Nikkor 80-200mm @ 145mm| f11| ISO 200| Delkin Digital Film

More to come…

28 thoughts on “Waxing Gibbous Moon and Coit Tower

    1. Thank you! It was fun to watch it climb into place. I would shoot run to another spot to keep it lined up with the tower. You ever notice how fast the Moon moves when you’re photographing it? 🙂

  1. Well timed (or you found the perfect spot). I love shots like this. I toured the tower in 1977. It’s so funny seeing San Francisco without the skyscrapers in the view. Very nice.

    1. Thank you so much Dan! We timed it just right. There are tools we use to find where the Sun and Moon will be rising and setting.
      The views are amazing. from the observation deck are amazing aren’t they? It’s been several years since I went up to the top.

    1. Thank you so much Gordon! The Warriors in the play off game, and Father’s Day made for a perfect evening in the city. Traffic was way down and moving, and we found parking really close to our shooting location! 🙂

      I’ll look up that park and see which way the Moon tracks for you.

      1. Well, last night I checked to see that the moon was moving towards Brisbane so I headed to San Bruno Mountain to see if I could shoot from there. Wind kicked up and I got a lot of cloud shots but my pinched nerve in my neck made me quit my quest before 8 pm; when I reached home I saw the awesome clouds during the sunset and got some shots but the scenery wasn’t anything but houses in my neighborhood. After I got home I saw the moon rising in the Brisbane direction but it was too late for me since I had a terrible headache so I missed the moon shot.

        1. Ah, I’m so sorry Gordon about your neck injury acting up! I hope you’re feeling better today.

          I went to Santa Cruz last night to photograph the Moon, and it was gorgeous! Did you see that sky? WOW to the north it was so red and glorious!

          I’m having some camera shake issues with my long lenses and none of images came out sharp enough for me! NONE!

          The night before with my shorter lens I was having the same problem and deleted over half my images. I really need to figure out what’s causing this and get it fixed!

          The Moon didn’t line up where I hoped it would, but it was so gorgeous to see. Unfortunately, the images I have kept will live on my HD forever.

          I checked Ina Coolbirth Park and it looks like there are days the sun and moon rise in a good direction for imaging. It would be worth scouting it out and doing a trial run or two.

          1. Thanks. Turns out most of the red clouds were fuzzy; my shutter was a bit slow and ISO low; was shooting w/ tripod earlier so wasn’t an issue then but handholding last shots made it operator error. Posted on Flickr.

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