Photo Of The Day – Moonrise In The Air


Title: Moonrise In the Air

Location: High above Washington State, USA, North America

Description: This one will get some more exposure in another post showing the sequence. This was a new experience for me but I had honestly planned to catch the rising moon on my flight from CA to WA. What I didn’t expect was the serendipitous timing.

I just saw the moon rising about 10 minutes before this image and because of atmospheric conditions, it was a little warped. Then we started our decent. And things got cool.

So the moon is coming up through a layer of clouds over central Washington. But we are heading down. So first the moon rises to almost entirely full above this layer and is nearly symmetrical. But loses ground was we lower our altitude.

And it sets, just after it rises.

Then it comes back up again.

Totally trippy.

This shot was taken as we headed down and the conditions near the horizon flattened out the moon.


Camera Canon 7D Mark II
Lens Canon 28-300mm L
ISO 640
Focal Length 135
Aperture f/6.3
Shutter Speed 1/500
Altitude Maybe 14,000′

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Photograph Copyright 2016 Peter West Carey. Image Available For Commercial Licensing (email).

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