The mosquitos were everywhere, I got to my location only 10 minutes before the moon was supposed to rise, but luckily – I was finally able to get the weather and a full moon, together again at last; After almost a year of trying to get the two to coincide, I got another Full Moonrise multi-exposure!

and best of all, it’s my first NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day!

My last successful attempt was August 1st, 2015:

I have tried each of the 10 full Moons we’ve had here on Earth in-between these two successful attempts and only these two have worked out.

It is especially challenging to capture it rising directly on the horizon, because you need there to be no clouds/humidity/obstructions between you and your eastern horizon, looking to the Moon – nearly 240,000 miles away. Granted, much of that 240,000 miles is empty space, but the clouds are the critical part haha.

Here is a full tutorial on how I create a shots like this.

The best part about this capture, I got to my shooting location only 10 minutes before the moon was supposed to rise, glad I got set up in time! Like I mentioned, I have done this before, and I think that helped very much in the speed of setup/knowing what to do.


Setting up in the field of shoulder-high grass

The camera and settings I used to create this June 2016 strawberry moonrise specifically were:

Canon 7D Mk II
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L USM (non-IS)
85mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | Interval: 10sec

Here is the shot that I achieved.


Whereas, this  photo below is created after the fact: spacing out each of the exposures so that they are exactly one moon’s width away from one another.

Here is the exposure spaced out at 130sec intervals:

Here is my August 2015 Moonrise, with a similar blend.

And some of my other favorite moon multi-exposures to date:

Crescent Moonset

But the most exciting part about this Strawberry Full Moonrise Multi-Exposure, is that it is my first NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed!