The term "super moon" is a fairly recently coined expression, one applied to the full moon when it is at its closest to the Earth in its orbit. "Super" because it does look larger. This is not a technical astronomical term but one of modern astrology, and each time there's a super moon, the press make a big deal about it. Well so do photographers - a full moon is fun, but a super moon on a clear night can be .... what else, super fun!
A Not So "Super" Moon Rising Behind Montauk Lighthouse © 2013 Claudia Ward
Sunday, June 23rd was the last super-moon and we knew from the apps we follow that the moon would be rising just behind the Montauk Lighthouse, so off we set. We got there an hour early to "reconnoiter", knowing that there would probably be another half hour added to our waiting because the moon had to rise behind the hill upon which the lighthouse is perched.
The evening was a combination of hazy and cloudy, the former we embraced and the latter made us quite grumpy. It's not like Montauk is next door, it's a 45 minute drive on a good day with little traffic. The rising moon, at first, was shrouded in the hazy, cloud cover just above the horizon and then as it rose, it simply disappeared behind thick cloud cover. My dream of that incredible shot of the rising moon and lighthouse together seemed to be dashed once more. But then, just as we thought it was time to pack up and leave, the clouds moved on, leaving just the haze, and the lighthouse lit for nighttime ... in blue hour.
Are these the images I have in my mind's eye? Not quite, but they're good schetches and the lighthouse looked wonderful set in that cobalt blue sky. The trip was not a loss - that's what I love about being a photographer, it never really is.