Lunar Eclipse – Super Moon Photo Walk

Photos by Michael Maloney

With Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ playing in my head, I waited along with 20 friends of Camera West on a beautiful San Francisco evening for the moon to make her appearance. However, Mother Nature had other plans, testing our patience as the eclipsed moon did not appear on schedule due to a pesky layer of clouds.

But when she finally appeared, it was breathtaking. The night sky was in darkness but the Bay Bridge lights added a bit of sparkle to the scene.

Thank you to all the photo walk participants who joined me to witness this. I can’t wait to see the photos you came up with!

- Michael

We were treated to a colorful sunset, but unfortunately those beautiful clouds hid the moon until well after dark.

Deanna trains her Leica T on the lights of SF, while Abe aims his Nikon at the Bay Bridge.

Phil's Nikon mounted on a gimbal head gave him a solid foundation.

Lunar Eclipse Photo Walk

December 11, 2011 Lunar Eclipse (also known as a "Blood Moon") Photo by Michael Maloney

We are pleased to announce that Michael from our Camera West Walnut Creek staff will again start up his series of popular monthly photo walks.

Each month, he picks a different theme, subject or location in the bay area. These low key photo walks are your opportunity to learn more about your camera and how to more comfortably shoot various subjects. Photographers of all abilities are welcome.

This month’s photo walk will take us to Marin County where we will photograph an extra special show in the night sky – a rare supermoon lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly behind the earth into its shadow. This only occurs when the sun, earth, and moon are perfectly aligned. From our location, we will photograph the moon as it rises over the Golden Gate Bridge during the peak of the eclipse.

On Sunday, September 27th, conditions should be perfect as the eclipsing supermoon rises near the same time as the sun sets. This gives us the ability to capture detail in both the full moon and the landscape. Michael will be on hand to help with proper exposure and offer tips to help you get a photo you will be proud of.

Don’t miss this opportunity! The next supermoon lunar eclipse won’t come around until 2033. Sign up early, as participation will be limited to just 12 photographers.

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Cost : $50.00
Call or email Michael at Camera West Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

Lunar Eclipse and the Golden Gate Bridge, April 4, 2014 Photo by Michael Maloney

Holiday Gift Idea : Lens Cleaners

The above trio of products are all you need to keep your fine lenses in tip top optical cleanliness. The Giottos Rocket-Air ($13.95) is what we recommend you use first to blow any dust and debris off your lens element. Next is the Kimtech Kimwipes ($5.95) to help clean off any fingerprints or water drops. The Kimtech box holds 280 wipes. Lastly is the Eclipse Optic Cleaning Fluid ($9.50). Use this great cleaning solution for those stubborn stains on your lens.