This morning I set the alarm clock to 6AM in order to get out of bed and reach a specific spot I had in mind, in time to capture the full moon setting just after sunrise. This was the fabled supermoon, a once in a lifetime event, according to popular media.
For sure, the supermoon is all hype, but a rising or setting full moon can still be quite a show, if one can add some foreground interest to the image and capture it when it is low in the sky.
Plus, the forecast was for mostly clear skies, which is not frequent at this time of the year and indeed, when I peeked out my window at 6AM, I could see the stars, so off I went.
Strangely, we had clear skies on the plains, but fog on the hills where my desired location was. Here it is normally the other way around in autumn. So when I reached the place, I could barely see the tip of my nose!
That was bad, but all landscape photographers know that they can’t control the weather and they should be prepared to change plans. So I waited a bit more and, even if the moon had already set unseen, the fog started to clear and the sun to shine through it.
In the end, I got some images. Not what I had come looking for, but still not too shabby.
I guess the lesson here is to be flexible and take what nature gives you.