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Thu Apr 21, 2022, 06:48 PM

A few words about "Moon and Bridge."



Thank you all for your support in the last photo contest. Id like to post a few thoughts about my winning picture, Moon and Bridge.

I love this photo for three reasons. First, its a simple composition, with only three elements, the moon, the bridge, and the sky. There is nothing else to confuse the viewer. Second, it contains an optical illusion. The cables on the bridge appear to run normally along the sides of the bridge, and then they appear to crisscross in front of the tower, and then they seem to go back to where they belong. Third, of course, is the precise timing that it took to get the moon positioned perfectly behind the tower.

No one would blame you if you thought this was a photo composite of two separate images. After all, what are the chances of catching the moon at that exact position? Well, as it turns out, there are several apps for a cell phone or computer that makes photos like this possible. Some of them are Photo Pills, Photographers Ephemeris, or in this case, Planit! and Planit! Pro. You can enter a location, date and time into these programs and they will tell you exactly where and when the sun and moon are going to be. Some of these programs are very simple to use, and others have a bit of a learning curve, but they all work great.

In this case, I found myself on a hilltop in San Pedro, overlooking L.A. Harbor, with about thirty other photographers who keep in touch on Instagram. Im sure that there are probably similar groups in most cities around the country. There are probably photography clubs that do the same thing in your area as well. I was able to get there about thirty minutes before the alignment took place, which gave me enough time to frame a good composition and do some test exposures. Thanks to Planit Pro! We all knew the exact moment that the moon would cross behind the bridge.

Ive posted a few other photos in the last year featuring lunar and solar alignments. Theyre some of my favorite shots. Let me know if youd like more information about these apps.











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Reply A few words about "Moon and Bridge." (Original post)
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2022 #1
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #2
ms liberty Apr 2022 #3
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #4
George McGovern Apr 2022 #5
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #8
Gato Moteado Apr 2022 #6
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #9
ShazzieB Apr 2022 #7
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #10
HAB911 Apr 2022 #11
Grumpy Old Guy Apr 2022 #12

Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 07:12 PM

1. These are just phenomenal photos, my dear Grumpy!

There are a couple I've seen before, and they still knock my socks off.

Thanks for your description of how you got these. They deserve to be printed, framed and matted, and hung somewhere you can see them!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 07:19 PM

2. Thank you dear Peggy!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 07:36 PM

3. These are so good - Love them! Thanks for the background info too...

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #3)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 07:40 PM

4. Thank you so much!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 09:43 PM

5. Union of Nature, Technology and human smarts. Plus usually you get what you work for. Fabulous GOG!

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Response to George McGovern (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 03:03 AM

8. Thanks George!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2022, 09:54 PM

6. wow! amazing images!

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Response to Gato Moteado (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 03:04 AM

9. Thank you Gato!

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 02:48 AM

7. Wow!

Thanks so sharing the backstory and extra shots, Grumpy Old Guy! I can spppreciste the shot even more with this context. The additional photos are beautiful, too, especially the last one (I have a special fondness for cityscapes and skylines).

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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #7)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 03:10 AM

10. Thanks ShazzieB.

That shot took second place in the first contest that I entered here on DU, just about this time last year. This location is about fifteen minutes from our home, and I often go back there.

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Response to Grumpy Old Guy (Original post)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 08:42 AM

11. Thank you for sharing this!

Stunning photos!

When I was actively tracking the ISS, I came across the ISS Transit Finder that may be of interest to some

https://transit-finder.com/

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #11)

Fri Apr 22, 2022, 09:54 AM

12. Thanks!

I've seen the ISS a few times. I should start tracking it.

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