How to Predict and Photograph the Perfect Moonrise | Moon Photography Tips

How to Predict and Photograph the Perfect Moonrise | Moon Photography Tips


(chill electronic music) – Hello there, Nature TTL viewers. This video was supposed to be about how to photograph a
beautiful moonset at sunrise, or a beautiful moonrise at sunset. Well, it’s actually still
going to be about that, but unfortunately, this
morning when I went out, it was totally overcast. I tried to go up to a very high elevation, a place called Top of the World, actually, here in south Orange County, California. I thought I could get
maybe above the clouds and get one of those beautiful moonset, over-the-clouds type photos, but unfortunately, it just didn’t happen. Honestly, though, to me, that’s
part of the fun of it all, is just going out and trying, instead of, of course, going
home, and just faking it, and dropping that moon in in Photoshop. I don’t know, I feel like it
cheapens the satisfaction, the excitement, of when
you actually are going out, and you do accomplish something amazing, and see something amazing. So I’m going to tell you
all about that today. The exciting thing is– Here’s what people don’t really realise. Well, not only have we
been able to predict the moon’s position, the
full moon, for centuries, because the earth, and the
sun, and the moon’s position are extremely precise, but
we’ve also been able to predict exactly where and
when it’s going to rise. And here’s the exciting that I’m surprised that more landscape
photographers don’t realise. Every single time there’s a full moon, that full moon will wise
perfectly at sunset, and then also, a little bit after, it will set perfectly at sunrise. And this happens every single
time there’s a full moon, which happens every single month. Sometimes twice a month. And all you need to do is
use the prediction tools to figure out when and where that sunrise is going to align with a
moonset, like me today, or when the moonrise
will align with a sunset. It’s very easy to do this. There’s actually plenty
of apps that you can use. My favourite is an app
called Sun Surveyor, but there’s also a couple
other popular apps. TPE, which is short for The
Photographer’s Ephemeris, and Photo Pills, those
are pretty popular apps. They all do the same thing. They help you know where on the horizon to look for the moonrise. That is, from north, how
many degrees off of north is the moon going to rise at, because sometimes it rises
a little bit northeast, sometimes it rises dead east, sometimes it rises a
little, tiny bit southeast. I’m not sure, depends on
where you are on the planet. But you can check these
apps to figure out where it’s going to rise, at exactly what time. Next, if you want to get a
little bit more advanced, you need to know how high above
the horizon it’s going to be at each time that you may
want to line up the moon with a sunset or sunrise. That is, if you have a mountain, and it’s way up above the horizon, you might actually need to
photograph that moonrise two, or even three, days before. Usually, sometimes, just two days before the actual full moon, instead of the day of the full moon itself. Or, if you want to get the opposite, then you might need to
wait until two days after the full moon, and then
photograph that moonset at sunrise to align the elements together. And you can practise this and
figure it out pretty quickly, because there’s Google Street View, at least in Sun Surveyor,
there’s Google Street View available, and also there
is the virtual reality. When you get to the location, you know, hopefully a day, or at least
an hour or two in advance, you just hold your camera
up and it’ll tell you, in an hour the moon is
going to be right there. If the gyroscope on your
phone is calibrated properly, it’s pretty darn accurate,
and so you just set up your composition, and wait for the moon to come into position. And even if you get totally skunked, and there’s something terrible going on, like overcast, whatever,
there’s almost always something else to photograph. Some beautiful sunrise when
you meant to get the sunset, or a sunset when you were really
hoping for a good sunrise. Just go out and give it a shot, whether or not you get exactly what it was you were planning on going out for. I just use this moonrise
or moonset thing sometimes just as motivation to
get out and take pictures and just see what happens. So that’s about it,
it’s really that simple. Thank you all for watching,
don’t forget to click subscribe, and better luck to us next time. (chill music)

10 thoughts on “How to Predict and Photograph the Perfect Moonrise | Moon Photography Tips

  • December 6, 2017 at 6:41 am
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    Way too much information in a single short video might have to watch it 2-3 times :-P…. Bad Jokes apart.. Thank you! Great work guys every video you upload has something new for me to learn… Keep it up!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 6:57 am
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    Very useful and inspiring, thank you!

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  • December 7, 2017 at 2:54 pm
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    Good information, take notes when you watch!

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  • December 10, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    where can i find that background music?

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  • January 14, 2018 at 2:36 am
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    Thanks for posting this. A lot of great information!

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  • January 31, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    the apps sound helpful,
    then you said, there's almost always something else to photograph "…some beautiful sunrise, when you meant to get a sunset or a sunset when you were really hoping for a good sunrise?" whoa, I hope you don't go out for a sunrise and you get a sunset instead, that would really throw your schedule off for the day, right? ha ha! your brain must have been on auto focus!
    landscape photographers (and everyone else) DO know this, that the full moon rises as the sun is setting and the moon sets when the sun is rising — that's why the moon is full — they (the lit orbs) are on opposite sides of the earth.

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  • July 26, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    Awesomely made video. Very informative and soulful. Keep going !

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  • October 12, 2018 at 6:37 pm
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    Very useful tips and inspiring timelapse footage – nicely composed!

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  • May 19, 2019 at 1:36 pm
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    earth is flat..sun and moon local..ask a photographer…i have 12 pictures of sun with clouds clearly in front of and behind it…not a planet brah..look into long distance photography…(8"per mile squared curv)

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  • July 19, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    Recognized the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook. Stayed there a couple times in the 60s.

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