Today was the day before the full moonrise, and usually that’s an ideal day to take a moonrise picture. As some of you know, catching the moon in all its phases is my little hobby project and today I was at it again.

Of course, about 5 minutes before moonrise the clouds obscured the sun behind me… Before that happened it was providing a spectacular amount of fill light on Signal Hill; this last minute obstruction didn’t surprise me in the least, that’s just how these things play out for me.

You see, when I go out for these moonrise shoots it’s usually obvious from the get-go that the situation is hopeless, and on days when that’s not the case any of the following will happen:

  1. five minutes to moonrise: clouds obstruct the sun behind me.
  2. two minutes to moonrise: clouds obstruct the moonrise itself.
  3. zero minutes to moonrise: someone asks me what I’m doing.

Today I was immediately able to check #1 off that list, keeping a close eye on #2.

There’s never much choice when picking a location for a Signal Hill moonrise, there’s only so many places in St. John’s that offer a clear view of Signal Hill, and of those places you’re lucky to find a single one that lines up with the moonrise.

My only suitable spot today happened to be next to a playground. When I set up my tripod and long lens I saw every mother on the playground turning around and scratching their heads, they were keeping an eye on me. When a small girl approached me just as the moon was rising from behind the hill I first mentally crossed #3 off my list, then concentrated on taking a single picture, before explaining to the girl what I was doing and seeing the mothers on the playground succumb to a collective panic attack.

Please, mothers of St. John’s: relax, I’m just taking a picture of the moon, and not even a good one at that (shown above).

Tomorrow brings the proper full moonrise, let’s see how many mothers I’ll have to dodge then. Maybe I should keep the engine running…