Red Moon on the Rise

The red moon rising over Victoria’s skyline happened through some good planning, a late night hike and a some smoke.

Smoke filled skies made for a dramatic red moon rise over Victoria BC.

I pay attention to the moon phases so I can head out on the darkest nights to catch some star trails where our closest celestial neighbour isn’t polluting the sky wit her light. This is pretty easy to do. Basically you head to dark location and point the camera north. But finding the right exposure and location to capture the full moon is a bit trickier.

In order to do that, you need to know when and where the moon will be. Thankfully there are a lot of apps to help with this. For a few bucks, there are some that will help tell you exactly when and where you need to be. They can even help you with shutter speeds, lens selection and everything else based the type of camera.

Or you can Google the moonrise time for your city and make your best guess on where it will appear.

Smoke filled skies made for a dramatic red moon rise over Victoria BC.

I used a combination of the two to plan this shoot. I found out when the moon will be rising and at what angle in Victoria, and then planned the shoot through the free version of PlanIt.

The original plan was to shoot from the peak of Mt. Doug, but the angle was wrong and I had to find a new dark elevated place for the shoot. Enter Mill Hill in Langford.

From this amazing vantage point, I got my photograph of the red moon, and I was able to capture many of Victoria’s famous landmarks including the Legislative building.

Smoke filled skies made for a dramatic red moon rise over Victoria BC.

With this new system for photographing the moon, I’m planning more photoshoots around Victoria.

Which landmark would you like to see featured in my next moon or star trail photos? Let me know in the comment section below.

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