Super Moon - Pigeon Point Lighthouse

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    May 5th 2012 hosted a Super Moon which lit up the coast just as the sun was rising to the east. A Super Moon occurs when the moon makes its closest approach to the Earth and appears slightly larger and much brighter in the sky than usual. As the moonset on the morning of May 6th it illuminated the coastline at California's most famous Lighthouse at Pigeon Point. The early morning hour created deep blues and the low full moon cast a glowing light upon the surf in front of the lighthouse as viewed from the bluffs just south of the Lighthouse. The sun rising in the east helped to illuminate the normally silhouetted lighthouse and coastline.

    I had spent the previous night photographing the Bay Bridge and got equally stunning shots of the suspension bridge, along with about a zillion other photographers. However few could bring themselves to rise before dawn after staying up late to film other locations. Other than a few other photographers I pretty much has the bluffs to myself. Though a number of people stopped along the highway to shoot the scene with their smart phones.

    The moon eventually drifted behind the lighthouse's windows and could be seen thought the top of the lighthouse and those shots came out equally well making it a hard decision as to which to post first.

    I have to also thank my wife for letting me wake her on her birthday at 3AM, then rush her out of the house so we could make it to the lighthouse in time to see the setting moon after having gone to bed at midnight the previous night. If all goes well, after a nap to make up for lost sleep, we will try and catch dinner and a movie tonight. And the really cool thing, she'll probably let me take her to see The Avengers! :-)

    © Darvin Atkeson
    LiquidMoonlight Studios

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    1. SkyKing and Queenie [deleted] 34 months ago | reply

      Sweet light! Definitely worth getting up early . (Happy birthday to your wife.)

    2. Concorde Nick 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image. Well done! I tried to get a shot myself but dense clouds only let through a bit of a glow. The moon was almost 100% obscured. The sky is a bit clearer this evening but there is still significant cloud so I doubt it will be much better.

    3. Ara_2014 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot!

    4. AGrinberg 34 months ago | reply

      Good for you for getting up early!
      Neat shot, look forward to more!

    5. GreyIs 34 months ago | reply

      Well done, Darv!

    6. yvone042488 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image. Have a wonderful day.

    7. Matt Granz Photography 34 months ago | reply

      Hey this looks great even on my monitor!!!

    8. Pamela Winders 34 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture! Happy birthday to your wife!!

    9. puliarf 34 months ago | reply

      WOW-WOW-WOW ! This is simply spectacular.

    10. mikeSF_ 34 months ago | reply

      sweet light Darv! I actully set my alarm and when it went off i decided to snooze.

    11. edenseekr 34 months ago | reply

      Of all the superb places to view the large moon, this has to be one of the best!

    12. Dana_55 34 months ago | reply

      Perfect photo. !!!

    13. KP Tripathi ( 34 months ago | reply

      Wow, beautiful moon and reflections..

    14. Sunnyvaledave 34 months ago | reply

      our marine biology class would tidepool on those rocks and turn over stones and catch and release little octopus and other marine life for study.

    15. Photocre8 34 months ago | reply

      Wow Darvin, looks like I missed this photo! What a splendid shot! I like the yellow flowers in the foreground! That moon is fantastic, especially with the reflection in the water! Great shot of the lighthouse, too! This is just so lovely!

    16. Gemma~A Passionate Photographer 34 months ago | reply

      A perfect evening for a perfect image. The reflection of the moon is spectacular.

    17. eagle69er 32 months ago | reply

      Awesome capture Darvin

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