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Moonset Over Russian Hill

Posted by
Stephen Phillips (San Francisco, United States) on 4 February 2010 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The waning Wolf Moon - about to descend behind Russian Hill in San Francisco. Taken from where Telegraph Hill Boulevard warps its way up toward Coit Tower.

16-35mm f/2.8 L Canon Lens at 16 mm - ISO 50 - f/4.5 for 30 seconds -

ATTENTION fellow AM3'ers who love to chase the sun and moon:

This is the perfect image to turn you all on to the most amazing tool I've seen for those of us that chase the sun and moon: Stephen Trainor's "The Photographer's Ephemeris"

This software was developed to work with Google terrain maps and is beautiful to behold. Put simply - it allows the user to see where sunrise, sunset, moonrise, and moonset will occur anywhere on earth on any date. It also allows you to calculate the sun and moon location and distance above the horizon at any given time and place.

And - it is free!

A donation is requested. See if it works for you and if you use it I urge you to send some bucks his way.

This link will show you what you'll need and how to download the program:

It also has links to two short YouTube videos on using the program. There is also printed instructions for those who prefer reading.

I shot today's image using this tool to determine where to be and when to be there. It is a beautiful program. Enjoy.

( a copy of this will post to our "AM3 on Facebook" link )

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

very good image, the exsposure is sot on

4 Feb 2010 6:15am

Liang from San Francisco, United States

i would like to visit this special spot. looks like an awesome view!!

4 Feb 2010 7:19am

yz from Budapest, Hungary

cool mood and light

4 Feb 2010 7:47am

asphaltfee from vienna, Austria

spectacular light and mood!

4 Feb 2010 8:21am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

This is a beautiful image with fantastic lights, and in a romantic place to stop the car :)

4 Feb 2010 9:18am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

This is sooo beautiful - can't get over the wonderful colours that have come through.

4 Feb 2010 11:19am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Great photo. Rich colors; I love the lighting. What is a wolf moon? Is that some Western thing? Heh. Thanks for the tip on that tool, too. I may check it out.

4 Feb 2010 12:56pm

@Viewfinder: Hey Glenn - a good scholarly guess - actually the names are Native American. Should you want the monthly names and full story:

Happy shooting...

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Très jolie composition avec ce cadre d'arbres qui met la ville comme dans une fenêtre de verdure

4 Feb 2010 1:10pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Wonderful image! The long exposure gives this a magical feel. Who knew you could get so much color and tone from a night shot. Very nicely done and thanks for the software tip!

4 Feb 2010 1:23pm

@Ralph Jones: It is getting close to dawn here - hence the colors. I shot a bunch of images this particular morning - and starting about ten minutes after this one - the exposure was changing every minute as it got lighter and lighter.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Brilliant shot of a werewolf moon over the city. The light and colours are beautiful Stephen!

4 Feb 2010 2:14pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

What beautiful composition, tonality... and the most alluring light! I'm charmed! Thanks Stephen!

4 Feb 2010 2:38pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A cracking good shot Stephen!

4 Feb 2010 2:48pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Beautiful compo . Great night shot .

4 Feb 2010 4:12pm

Chris from South Jersey, United States

beautiful shot - love the cool colors......I will have to check out that tool you are talking about and practice more moon shots.....

4 Feb 2010 5:24pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Hey Stephen, thanks for the link to the Almanac. I learned some new stuff. Cool!

4 Feb 2010 6:37pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A view not often seen. best...jerry

4 Feb 2010 9:39pm

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A great shot and with the clouds it has an incredible sky! I have been using the Ephemeris for about a year and it is an incredible tool!

4 Feb 2010 10:17pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's a gorgeous shot Stephen, and what a great tool you've found.....I will definitely have to check it out....thanks for sharing it with everyone!!!

5 Feb 2010 12:11am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

What a fantastic view. Amazing amount of light for a night shot.

5 Feb 2010 5:03am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West Wales boy), Germany

I wish we had the weather at the moment to go out at night and take photographs !! :-( You are so lucky livng where you do Stephen and so many wonderful backdrops for your shots ..

5 Feb 2010 8:35am

Jean-Michel from Herstal, Belgium

Very nice colors on this one. Good job. Have a nice day.

12 Feb 2010 12:45pm

Twelvebit from Victoria, United States


14 Feb 2010 8:44pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada


17 Feb 2010 5:50pm