Full moon from the top

You know how I love shooting the full moon rising (or setting) over the landscape. I rarely succeed, but I often try! It’s full moon tomorrow but the best chance of shooting it was today – moonrise was just after sunset so I might just be able to catch the moon before the sky got too dark. And I had an idea, something I haven’t done before: shoot the moon from the top of a mountain with a long lens.

I didn’t have a minute to waste after work, so I drove to the foot of Funäsdalsberget and started walking up. There were some clouds around, especially in the south-west where the sun was setting, but the light got through a gap and I just got to see the last light on Anåfjället. This is how early the sun sets, yikes! By the time I was on top, the sun was long gone but the clouds looked great. It really would have been a beautiful sunset, but I had my sights firmly on the moon instead. A great sunset can potentially happen every day, but the full moon rising from behind Gråstöten as seen from the top of Funäsdalsberget… well the odds are a bit lower on that!

I set up my tripod and then tried to figure out the focus. The A7 has a very unreliable AF when using the Canon adapter, so I had to get the manual focus right. Which I found not to be so easy, because with those magnifications, the camera shakes when I use the focus ring. How can I see when the image is sharp when it’s shaking in the viewfinder… So, trial and error instead. Focus, shoot a frame, check the image, refocus, check. And just to prove that I really didn’t have any time to waste on coming up here, the moon was peeking out from behind the mountain almost as soon as I had the focus pinned down.

It didn’t take long before the landscape got too dark so I was going to leave, but as soon as I had put the camera back in the pack, I noticed how the mountain was lit by the moon. So out with the camera again, and shoot the last frame – just in time before the moon disappeared behind clouds.

I had gotten what I came for, and a bit more – those lovely little clouds around the moon were a nice touch! Me happy. 🙂

Ånnfjället catches the last rays of sunlight
Ånnfjället catches the last rays of sunlight
Full moon rising behind Gråstöten
Full moon rising behind Gråstöten
Full moon and clouds
Full moon and clouds
Ånnfjället and Blåstöten in moonlight
Ånnfjället and Blåstöten in moonlight

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