15 Sep 14 Last Wednesday's super moon started off, as does every celestial orb when it either rises or sets, being quite a bit larger and flatter than it was by the time it was a few degrees above the horizon as well as being a bit darker, all a result of its light having to travel through more atmosphere. I was sitting on a neighbor's platform looking in the general direction of where I knew it should be rising, but it still caught me off guard for the first minute or so as it rose over the tops of the Cascade mountains. I have a few apps on the phone that tell me where the sun and moon rise and set, when they will do it, and the best location to be in to get the photos as well as a compass to show me where the specific location will be as the apps give it in compass headings (degrees). All those things are a great help, at least potentially, as they require that you employ them correctly. Thus if you are looking at 87 degrees instead of say 80 you can miss the very first indication. And even though you have the time, that time is based on a horizon being at sea level and the tops of the Cascades are anything but. Nevertheless I caught it about a minute into its rise and started shooting. It was my first use of the lens and I had a little bit of learning to do which is my excuse for the first several frames being absolutely useless. So I lost the most dramatic shots of it climbing over the peaks looking a bit sluggish, but did get my shots by the time it was still roughly 30% hidden by all that granite. This is a shot of it in that position; the rough bottom edge of the moon actually being the crest of the Cascade mountains. I've cheated a wee bit and added some star effects that could have been achieved in-camera had I been able to use a sufficiently small diaphragm (aperture) like f/22, but the moon - actually the earth but it seems like the moon since we are fixed on the earth - is moving so fast that the time required for such a small aperture would have left the moon nothing but a big orange blur. In fact, even this shot at 1/4 sec was a little blurry on the edge so I "fixed" it to make for a more presentable image. With those two exceptions, this is basically a straight shot. Nikon D300s; Tamron 150 - 600, ISO 200; 1/4 sec @ f / 6 on a tripod.