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Photographer’s Moonrise | A Stunning Film Captures Unique Take on Full Moon

By Hanssie on October 3rd 2015

Earlier this week, I am sure that your Facebook feeds were loaded with images of the Super Blood Moon Eclipse. Some images were good, some were really bad (note to half my FB friends: iPhones don’t take good astrophotography images). People everywhere were pointing their cameras to the night sky for this phenomenon that only happens every xx number of years. It seems that 2015 has been the year of the “rare super moons that only happens every xx number of years…” but that’s neither here nor there. It was still a beautiful sight to see, and I enjoyed the images that came from the event.



Now that Super Moons are a thing, and we see so many moon images, some of us might finding ourselves a bit jaded. But every once in a while an image will come up and stop even the most ambivalent photographer in their tracks. The creativity of the short film below made by New Zealand astrophotographer Mark Gee and how he incorporates his Super Moon image is pretty amazing. Mark invited some of his local photography friends to be a part of his special project, “Photographer’s Moonrise” and perfectly captures not only the phenomenon of a beautiful moon but in a way not seen very often. Except maybe a few years ago, when Mark released a tutorial and another video where he created a similar shot. He shares how he captured images of silhouettes against a gorgeous rising moon. You can see that post here.

In both videos, Mark used an app called PhotoPills which helps him plan his night photography adventures. Among many other things, the app tells him the position and location of the moon and sun on any day of the year.

For the Photographer’s Moonrise video below, Mark was a little under a mile away and directed his friends standing on the hill via walkie talkie. The 2-minute video below is a fun and beautiful look at a full moon on the rise and incorporating the photographers that diligently shoot it.

[Via PetaPixel/Mark Gee on Vimeo]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Negoita Bogdan

    Very nice success in the future

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  2. Colin Woods

    Excellent, one of the best short timelapses I have seen for a while.

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  3. robert garfinkle

    Cool video – love the moon, have shot it quite a bit.

    here, is a link, to the moon a day before the eclipse:

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