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Full Moon Fever

Finally stopped to appreciate a full moon as it rose over Center City. It also gave me a deeper appreciation of just how hard it is to capture a well-exposed shot of the moon with a city in the same shot, and how fast the moon moves when you're switching between locations.

These first two shots are actually composites (one well-exposed shot of the moon for detail and one exposed for the buildings, then merged together post-production).

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One of the harder things I've had to learn is that not every shot with the moon in it needs to show the detail of the moon. Sometimes, that round sphere of light is the right thing to offset a landscape like the city lights (below).

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 Full moon behind One Liberty

Full moon behind One Liberty

When the moon is first rising and there's still light from golden hour or sunset, it's much easier to capture the detail in the moon and in subjects in the foreground.

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Hurry up and wait. Switching locations is not an easy thing to do with a full moon when you want to incorporate buildings or other elements into the photo. The best thing you can do is plan the shot you're looking for, set up for it, and wait for just the right moment. With the shot below, two seconds before or after the snap would've thrown off the centering of the moon between the buildings.

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