Moonshine Skyway

I've been after this shot for almost two years and finally got it. The Full Moon rises line up with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay from a spot along the beach only a few days each year. Plus half of those times happen during our thunderstorm season, so you're not likely to catch the moon at the horizon.

Like some of the other shots I've mentioned before, I used the site The Photographer's Ephemeris to line up a foreground. This is a super handy tool for a good amount of my photography. Here's a screenshot of their site with the approximate location I use to get the shot - it's not perfect as the moon usually rises at a slight angle in the southerly direction in the Northern Hemisphere, so prepare to move around a bit when you're out shooting.

The light blue line represents the direction where the moon will be at along the horizon during moonrise. The other lines represent moonset, sunrise and sunset directions. 

I'm going to be making a donation to their PayPal account as soon as I find a job OR make a big sale with this photo...speaking of which, all of my photos are available for purchase (except for my motorsports work). If you are interested in purchasing a print or license, please use the Contact page.

Here are a few other pics I took that evening during the moonrise. If you look at the differences between the photo at the top of the page compared to the ones below, you can see that I moved from the beach to along the water between the shots (I wanted more reflections as the foreground instead of the sand). I was running around quite a bit - the moon rises faster than you'd think and it was getting VERY close to going behind a bunch of clouds.

The equipment used and settings for the final image:
Nikon D750
Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 G ED VR lens
MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Tripod
Remote Shutter Release
Exposure - f/8, 2 seconds at 400 ISO with some adjustments in Lightroom