27 Mar 17 The last several years we lived in Seattle I organized three field trips a year, one to photograph the extreme low tides at Golden Gardens in June and Kerry Park in June (both on the same day, a long one as the moon shoot generally ended around 0100 the next day) and West Seattle in January both to film the full moon rising over Seattle. The January filming was generally in very cold weather which meant standing around freezing your butt off while waiting for the moon to make its appearance. I always set the shoot up three hours in advance to insure I got everyone situated in the best location, that they had their equipment properly set up before it got really dark, and that they understood what was required to get the shot(s). I also wanted them there early to capture everything available prior to the actual moon rise. The last time I did it I had a group of roughly a dozen folks join me from the camera club plus about as many more who left their own groups and asked to join us to learn what I was teaching the folks with me which I didn't mind, but it did make for some additional work. In photography, WRT light, there is something called the "Golden Hour", the hour prior to sunrise and the hour after sunset. There are several factors contributing to this, among them is cloud cover. You always have a 50 - 50 chance of cloud cover meaning you either do or don't; the probability of it however is a different animal, and here in the PNW the probability is closer to 80 - 20, so you can generally count on there being some. After the sun goes down and sinks below the Olympic Mountains it gets dark for several minutes, then you get a different kind of light appearing, that which is bouncing off the bottom of the cloud layer which differs according to the cloud layer, but is generally there to some degree. That lasts for maybe 10 - 15 minutes at most, then it disappears and it gets darker. If the moon is rising you now get a sky lit by the moon. Put all this together and those who have witnessed it will likely never forget it. On the last venture I had one member who was most unhappy with me for bringing everyone out so early. As the evening progressed he got more and more agitated and at one point, with his back to the city, angrily addressed me as to why I required everyone to "come out to just stand around and freeze." I simply smiled and said, "turn around." What he saw, immediately upon turning around, I'm sharing with you today, the light bouncing off the cloud layer. At that point he shut up and said nothing more and I returned to my camera to grab a few shots before helping the rest of the folks get this captured before the main event of the night, the full moon rising behind the city, began. At the end of the evening I heard grateful thanks from all but one. This is the view from West Seattle very near the location where the city originally started.
This is straight from the camera except for a very slight straightening of the horizon. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/4 sec @ f /10 on a tripod.