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Supermoon moonset, Salton Sea | by Robin Black Photography
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Supermoon moonset, Salton Sea

This photo may be my best example to date of why The Photographer's Ephemeris is such a valuable planning & research tool. I knew exactly where that moon was going to rise last night, and set this morning, and was able to get exactly the shots I'd visualized.


These old snags of trees dead for decades dot the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea, a testament to the lake's strange recent past, when the lake (in its current state) was created, and flourished, and is now diminishing again, as it apparently has more than once over the millennia. I thought their stark, reaching branches would frame the supermoon quite nicely at moonset.

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Taken on May 6, 2012