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Moon Watch: February 2013

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

February will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On February 25, the moon will rise at the beginning of the blue hour and it will rise at the end of the blue hour on February 26.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Feb 24/99% 6:48 AM 6:20 PM 5:29 PM 5:43 AM
Feb 25/Full 6:47 AM 6:20 PM 6:25 PM 6:21 AM
Feb 26/99% 6:46 AM 6:21 PM 7:22 PM 6:58 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

Moon Watch: December 2012

Monday, November 26th, 2012

December will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On December 28, the moon will rise during the blue hour.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Dec 26/97% 7:06 AM 5:37 PM 4:26 PM 5:31 AM
Dec 27/100% 7:06 AM 5:38 PM 5:16 PM 6:19 AM
Dec 28/Full 7:07 AM 5:38 PM 6:08 PM 7:05 AM
Dec 29/98% 7:07 AM 5:39 PM 7:01 PM 7:49 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

Moon Watch: November 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

November will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On November 28, the moon will rise during the blue hour.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Nov 26/97% 6:47 AM 5:29 PM 4:15 PM 5:02 AM
Nov 27/99% 6:48 AM 5:29 PM 4:57 PM 5:54 AM
Nov 28/Full 6:49 AM 5:29 PM 5:42 PM 6:45 AM
Nov 29/99% 6:49 AM 5:29 PM 6:30 PM 7:35 AM
Nov 30/96% 6:50 AM 5:29 PM 7:20 PM 8:22 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

Video: How to Shoot the Moon

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

With all the opportunities to shoot the moon in October, I decided to scour YouTube looking for a good tutorial for shooting the moon. I found a two-parter. Be sure to watch both videos.

The first video gives great advice for shooting the moon with just about any digital camera. You will need a tripod but you don’t have to break the bank. If you have a super-zoom digital camera, you may be able to frame the moon tightly.


The second video lets you know how to use Manual mode to get an even better shot. The video does a great job of explaining why you need to reduce the exposure by 2 stops. Click to continue »

Moon Watch: October 2012

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

October will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. No matter when you’re celebrating Halloween at the end of the month, there should be a bright, festive moon.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Oct 1/98% 7:13 AM 7:07 PM 7:59 PM 8:28 AM
Oct 27/96% 7:26 AM 6:43 PM 5:21 PM 5:29 AM
Oct 28/99% 7:27 AM 6:42 PM 5:58 PM 6:22 AM
Oct 29/Full 7:27 AM 6:41 PM 6:36 PM 7:14 AM
Oct 30/99% 7:28 AM 6:41 PM 7:17 PM 8:07 AM
Oct 31/97% 7:29 AM 6:40 PM 8:00 PM 8:59 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

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Speaking of Halloween, I have rolled out a new website filled with Halloween Costume Ideas. If you are wondering what to wear, take a look at the videos on my website.

Moon Watch: August 2012

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

There will be three opportunities to shoot the moon in August. On August 1, the moon will be full and rise before the blue hour. On August 2, the moon rises during the blue hour.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
July 31/97% 6:46 AM 8:08 PM 6:55 PM 5:08 AM
Aug 1/Full 6:46 AM 8:07 PM 7:42 PM 6:12 AM
Aug 2/100% 6:47 AM 8:06 PM 8:24 PM 7:14 AM
Aug 3/97% 6:47 AM 8:06 PM 9:02 PM 8:14 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

Moon Watch: July 2012

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

There will be three opportunities to shoot the moon in July. The moon will rise just before the blue hour on July 3 and during the blue hour on July 4.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
July 2/98% 6:32 AM 8:17 PM 7:21 PM 5:16 AM
July 3/Full 6:33 AM 8:17 PM 8:16 PM 6:21 AM
July 4/99% 6:33 AM 8:17 PM 9:06 PM 7:26 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

The Photographer’s Ephemeris

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is an application that will let you know when the sun and moon rise and set plus a lot more than you might expect. Here is a list of key features:

  • Time and direction of sunrise and sunset
  • Time and direction of moonrise and moonset
  • Phase of the moon and % illumination
  • Times of civil, nautical and astronomical twilight
  • Graphical display on a map
  • Save any location you want – no fixed lists
  • Automatic time zone detection for any location on earth
  • Determines elevation above sea level
  • View azimuth and altitude of sun/moon for any time of day/night
  • Distance, bearing and elevation angle between any two points
  • Find when the sun/moon will appear from behind a hill
  • Compensation for atmospheric refraction
  • Compensation for elevation above the horizon
  • Does not require network connection for rise/set times and azimuths. (Note: maps and elevation do require a data connection)

Being able to see the direction that the sun and moon will rise and set is extremely helpful. Rather than scanning the horizon, you know in advance where to look. It is also helpful that The Photographer’s Ephemeris takes into account your elevation. The higher you are, the sooner you will see the sun and moon rise and the longer they will be visible when they set. Being able to save locations is another feature that I appreciate.

The desktop application of The Photographer’s Ephemeris is free. The iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch version is $8.99 via iTunes and the Android version is $4.99 through the Android Market. I don’t know why they have such a price difference between the iOS and Android versions. I have an iPhone and iPad so ponied up the $8.99 and am glad I did. It runs well and solves some frustrations when I am trying to shoot the moon and sun. I can now plan way ahead and predict exactly where the sun and moon will be on the horizon. If you only occationally need information about the sun and moon, you can stick with PhotoBuddy on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and just download the free version of The Photographer’s Ephemeris.