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Good morning everyone,
Once again, we’re blessed with a Wednesday contribution from Bill! Wahoo!
January’s full Moon presented a perfect opportunity to capture a rare event, the full Moon rising behind Mt. San Antonio with downtown LA in the foreground. So I fired up the Prius and headed to Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Since the park technically closes at sunset, I parked on one of the local streets next to the park and walked up the hill. I set up my tripod on a ridge a bit south of where most of the photographers were as to not jostle for a view among the crowd. I arrived early enough to catch the Sun’s last rays reflecting off the buildings in downtown and the snow on the San Gabriels. As the Sun’s light began to fade the lights on the buildings in downtown LA began to come alive. The full Moon rose right over Mt. San Antonio as my planning app(Photopills) predicted, lighting up the remaining snow on the mountains. Enough wispy clouds were present to be lit up by the Moon as it climbed into the sky.
The snowcapped San Gabriel mountains glow in pink behind downtown LA as the sun sets into the Pacific.
As the sun has set the lights of the buildings in downtown LA begin to flicker on with the purple snow of the San Gabriel mountains as a backdrop.
The Moon begins it’s rise from behind Mt. San Antonio.
The half risen Moon lights LA as the sunlight fades. The Moon looks bigger at the horizon since it’s viewed relative to known features.
The fully risen moon lights up the clouds as it shines over the lights of downtown LA.
The fully risen Moon lights up the snowy San Gabriel mountains as the lights of downtown LA light up the foreground in this zoomed shot.