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February 8, 2012

Moonrise shutterbugs

Filed under: Events, Nature, Observations, Photography, Seasons, Uncategorized — Lee Radzak @ 11:05 am

This may have been a poor winter on the North Shore for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing but it has been a good winter for watching the full moon.  Each year, between November and March, photographers line up on the shoreline of Lake Superior in the state park to catch the full moonrise lined up behind Split Rock Lighthouse.
Moonrise, 7February12 
With the lack of snow and the unseasonably warm temperatures this winter more people than ever have set up tripods at sunset to catch the moon rising out of the lake right off of the lighthouse cliff.  Last night I spent about an hour on the rocky shoreline with a half a dozen or so shutterbugs who came equiped with an amazing array of equipment.  I snapped a few shots then mainly got out of the way.  Some of these people are very serious and focused on the sole mission of capturing “the” shot.  It was like watching a choreographed dance as the group scampered with tripods across the icy rocks to try to rearrange their equipment to keep up with the rising moon and to keep it in line with the distant lighthouse and cliff.  Full February moon
I seems that there is (or should be) an unspoken photographer’s etiquette, or maybe it’s just a gentleman’s agreement, that implies that a photographer not set up their tripod and camera directly between the subject and cameras already shooting the same scene. 
photographersAnyway, it ended up being more fun capturing the activity in front of and behind me along the shore.p10600461 
The moon will be there once a month, but then again so will the shutterbugs.

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  1. Very nicely written and some nice shots!!! It sure was a beautiful night to be there and nice to meet you!!
    J. Rabold

    Comment by Jamie Rabold — February 8, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  2. Hi Lee. Great post-wish I could’ve been there, but we’re heading up tomorrow (Thursday), and will stop in, as always!

    There generally is a code for photographers that you are careful to not walk in front of someone’s camera or set up in their shot, at least not without asking first (a simple “hey, am I in your shot here?” works well!). But, like most things in life, some people either don’t pay attention to their surroundings or they just flat out don’t care, so it does tend to happen.

    Comment by Jon — February 8, 2012 @ 11:48 am

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