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Mattamuskeet Moonrise

January 28, 2021


After a few days of looking at the changing weather forecast, yesterday morning I decided hop in the truck and make the 4 hour trek to Lake Mattamuskeet in Hyde County, North Carolina. Using The Photographer's Ephemeris App, I knew where and when the moon would rise on the horizon, so all I needed was a clear horizon.


For the entire drive, all I saw were heavy clouds that made me wonder why in the world was I doing all the driving. Then, about an hour before moonrise, the clouds passed and I knew how fortunate I was to be there to capture the moment.


As many of you will know, the full moon always rises just about the time the sun is setting. That makes the foreground elements well lit by the available light. There is a window of time, about 30 minutes, when you can get both the moon and the foreground properly exposed. After that, the brightness of the full moon compared to the darkness of the foreground makes it impossible to get a capture like this.


The stand of trees in the water are Baldcypress. Taken from the observation deck just off the Rt 94 causeway.



1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 - Nikon Z7 w/Tamron 70-200mm lens

Lake Mattamuskeet is in Hyde County, North Carolina

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