I was asked to teach a night photography lesson and chose to do so on this years second blood moon in Lake Tahoe. I got invited to shoot with a friend, mentor and all around good guy Abe Blair. We went to a location I’ve shot at plenty of times before so I was ready to go with everything I had planned out. Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe was our foreground subject of choice. I really like the water and surrounding rocks that help almost any composition in this location.
I chose to shoot Bonsai Rock from a more southerly facing aspect so I could get the moon traveling down from top left to bottom right. This is the direction the moon travels this time of year. I used a several methods to figure out roughly where the moon would be over time. The Apple IPhone app “Sky Walk” was recommended to me by a fellow friend and photographer Justin he has been a big inspiration and mentor to me, especially with night photography, and the app worked wonderfully for me. I really enjoyed shooting this composite image all night because it was a combination of many different aspects of photography for me. A lot of being in the right place at the right time, planning out the shot, and a decent amount of behind the computer work to get it all right.
I also was able to take a step back and think about the entire process while explaining how everything works to my student. Breaking down the entire process and explaining how everything works really solidified my though process and was a great learning tool for me. I would like to do more lessons and guided tours like this in the future.