BUCK MOON

As most of you already know……I have a thing for moon/eagle shots. Don’t ask me why,I just do.

There are 12 times each year I can “try” to take them and inside each of those times there are three days that are the best. The three days leading up to the full moon. You can’t shoot on the day of the full moon. The sunsets as the moon rises snuffing out all that golden light! Plus the moon rising times vary. Tonights full moon rises at 9:41 pm while the sunsets a little under half a hour earlier at 9:14 pm. Making any shot a silhouette. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve seen some pretty nice shots of eagles silhouetted but I prefer the gold. I have a saying “I always hunt for the Gold”. Like the Olympics I always try for the Gold,silhouettes for me win the Silver.

You can count on cloudy weather screwing up at least 6 of them. Like tonight!

This leaves only 6 times you can go and roll the dice.

Each photographer has their own preferences of course. I prefer to capture eagles in golden light with the moon in it’s “time window”. The moon rises In the east and is always faint (leading up to the full moon). As the sunsets the moon will get brighter and brighter. Until it’s nighttime and the moon is at it’s brightest point. I’ve found the moon is too faint when It rises in the east and too bright after the sun goes down. I figure there’s about a 20-30 minute “time window” in there where the moons brightness/contrast is perfect! The Goldi-Loks period!

Of course If you do find the moon during this perfect time window there is a 50 – 50 chance you might not find a eagle? The trick is finding both at the same time.

The eagle has to be perched “perfectly”. I’ve found a eagle needs to be perched at the very top of a tree spire or in another place where there is nothing behind them.

This months moon is a Buck moon. Because of weather (clouds) I couldn’t shoot this Buck moon. So I found some archival pictures.

28 thoughts on “BUCK MOON

  1. Not cloudy here and I’m just looking at my buck moon shots that I took earlier this evening…..not with any eagles but with a lighthouse. Have to improve on my night photography skills though.

      1. Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s always a pleasure to see your eagle shots and how you intertwine them with the environment around them, like the moon, the mountains or sunsets.

  2. Wayne, you are equal parts Artist, Scientist, Writer, and Comedian. Gorgeous photography and a fascinating discussion of your unique Eagle Moon technique. Loved the tie-in to the Olympocs, too.

  3. Just incredible – I am so impressed by these images and amazed that you manage to capture any of them considering all the variable that have to come together!

      1. I think you have a great track record, especially after reading what a narrow window of opportunity to have to accomplish such a photo.

  4. All these photos are excellent Wayne, what a beautiful place you have to see these Eagles and to be able to capture the moon behind them. So very unique and one of a kind.

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