The November full moon in San Francisco

» Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Featured, San Francisco

The full moon this month was going to rise right above Alcatraz and then set above the south tower of the Golden Gate bridge. It meant waking up before 5am to catch the moon setting and then later that day going back to San Francisco to photograph the moon rising above Alcatraz around sunset time.

The moon is exactly aligned with the top of the tower only for a very quick instant. I did my best to “guestimate” where I should be (which means a bit of running with a 400mm lens, a heavy tripod and camera). While I was doing my “guestimation”, clouds were blocking the moon on and off. At the last minute, literally, the clouds opened up, I took three shots and the moon was gone for ever behind clouds. Here are two of those shots:

The moon resting on top of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

The moon resting on top of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

The moon resting on top of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

The moon resting on top of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

That same evening, I was back in San Francisco to catch the moon rising above Alcatraz. A low fog band was clearly visible on the east but I was hoping that it would be thin enough so we could see the moon. I knew that a thin layer of fog can make the moon redder and more interesting. I got my wish (see the picture at the  top of this post).

While we were waiting for the moon to rise, the fog was also responsible to create a brief pink sky over the coit tower.

The coit tower at sunset with low fog creating a pink sky

The coit tower at sunset with low fog creating a pink sky

The golden gate bridge's south tower

The golden gate bridge’s south tower

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