Having made a sunrise recently I had decided to also try to capture a moonrise. Moonrise times were good (sociable) so I proceeded to use an Android app PlanIt! Pro I recently purchased on the Google Play Store.

The great thing with PlanIt! is that I was able to punch in the location I fancied and see exactly what time the moonrise would be for that location but also exactly where it would rise. The app allows you to position the camera location to wherever you need. A bit playing about and you soon have a good plan. All I needed to do now was to go to the location at the right time then shoot.

PlanIt! Pro for Roker Pier Shot
Setting camera location using PlanIt! Pro for Android.
PlanIt! Pro for Roker Pier Shot
Zooming out to see if moon will rise over the Pier and Lighthouse

At first it was quite disappointing. I arrived and parked and sat in the car looking at the horizon to the east over the sea. Thick cloud from sea level to around 5 degrees. I had arrived quite early so sat for maybe 10 to 15 mins before deciding to get out anyway. I grabbed my gear and walked to where I was going to shoot. A blood red moon was just starting to become visible through a tiny gap between the horizon and the cloud layer. It soon disappeared and left me feeling a bit frustrated, nevertheless I kept optimistic. Finally the moons started to appear above the cloud layer, which seemed to have got lower in the sky at the horizon.

I had to run a bit since I was not in the place I planned. Also given that the moon was now not in the start position I had to run a bit further too. It gave me time to get the Canon 80D switched on and enable the WiFi so I could remote shoot using my phone. Once I did get in place and tripod near level I started shooting.

I took quite a few pictures but these are the best two.

The moon rising over Roker Pier and Lighthouse on the 12th July 2017.
The moon rising over Roker Pier and Lighthouse on the 12th July 2017.
The moon rising over Roker Pier and Lighthouse on the 12th July 2017.
The moon rising over Roker Pier and Lighthouse on the 12th July 2017.

I’m getting the portrait photo printed on Canvas by Owen Lowery of Snapshot Canvas. It’s looking good can’t wait for the frame to be made and hung in my kitchen.

Snapshot Canvas Print of Moonrise over Roker Pier
Snapshot Canvas Print of Moonrise over Roker Pier
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