A setting crescent moon at twilight usually can be best captured about 3 days after the New Moon. I went down to the Reflection Pool last night to see if I could catch it with the Lincoln Memorial. The timing on this composition is a little tricky because you need the moon to be close to the Memorial shortly after the sun has set. This doesn’t happen very often. There is about a 15 minute window when the building’s lights, the twilight sky, and the brightness of the moon are in balance. The moon was a little more to the left of the Memorial than I would have liked, so I compensated by moving to the right (northeast) corner of the Reflection Pool.
Photographed at 8:23 PM
The photograph above is a merge of two images so I could include the reflection of the moon in the water.
Photographed at 8:36 PM
The sunset was at 8:01 PM and I appreciated Mother Nature’s positioning of the clouds to add interest without obscuring the moon. There was very little wind, so the surface of the Reflection Pool was almost mirror-like.
For those with a technical bent, both images were photographed with a Nikon D0800E on a tripod. The first image was captured with a 24-70m f/2.8 lens set at 62mm, 1/5 sec. @ f/9, ISO 1600. The second image (also a 2-shot photomerge) was captured with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens set at 105mm, 3 sec. at f/13, ISO 1600.