From the photographer: “In September 2021, I decided to photograph the full Moon rising as seen from the rooftop of our apartment building, which has an open view of the eastern horizon. My original plan was to record the Moon rise on as many as 5 consecutive days, which would see the time of moonrise come only 25 minutes later or less on every evening; while the azimuth of moonrise point drift 8 degrees to the left (from east-southeast towards east-northeast).

On 19th September 2021, the day before full moon, I set up two cameras with 200 mm lenses. One was to shoot the Moon every 2 minutes 15 seconds, as it rose. The other was to shoot a series of horizon photographs; slowly advancing from ESE towards ENE as the sky got darker. This second series was to provide a good background image, which would also mimic the darkening sky as the time of moonrise coming 25 minutes later every evening.

Of course, you plan something and then life happens. In this case, I was able to get only two evenings with clear skies before the weather decided to call it quits. At least, I was able to get the Moon rising a day before full Moon on 19th September 2021 and the actual day of full Moon on 20th September 2021). Because of Uludağ, the high mountain south of Bursa blocking many degrees of sky, the actual time of moonrise differed only 12 minutes between 19th and 20th September. Yet, this 12 minutes of difference around sunset causes significant darkening, which I was able to catch on my slow-horizon-series panorama. I registered the series of moonrise from both evenings on to this horizon panorama, which shows the Moon rise a day before full Moon and on Harvest Moon evenings.”



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