Mother Nature scheduled a full moon for last Tuesday evening and while the weather was mild enough, my photo colleague Joan and I watched what might be called the dance of the seven veils from 6:02 PM (scheduled moonrise) to about 6:30 PM when the image below was captured.
Full Moon over Lincoln Memorial, February 22, 2016
(Technical data: Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens extended to 165mm; exposure setting: 3 sec. @ f/8, ISO 400 taken at 6:28 PM)
The original idea was to catch the moon as it cleared the horizon, just to the left of the Memorial. Sunset was 5 minutes before the moonrise, so we were hoping for the sweet spot in the period of Civil Twilight. By the time we were able to see the moon, however, the evening was well into the phase known as Nautical Twilight. For details on these various twilight phases check my post on the subject here.
But that’s OK, it was a really nice evening and no other photographers were around.
On a related matter, the Lincoln Memorial is finally being scheduled for a much-meeded sprucing up, thanks to a substantial donation from a private citizen. Check here for the details. The announcement was made on February 12th, Lincoln’s birthday that David Rubenstein, who has also donated funds for the repair of the Washington Monument and Iwo Jima Memorial, had provided a gift of $18 million to fix up the Memorial and add a large visitor center underground.
So before this project begins, those of us who want to photograph the Memorial had best get going. Hint: The next scheduled moonrise is on March 23rd.