Hoopers Moonrise Glow – Paul Le Comte


Transferring the image I have in my mind to my camera & ultimately to a final print often takes serendipitous turns, this is one of those images.

I headed to Hoopers Inlet on Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, to capture the Galactic Core of the Milky Way rising over the iconic boat sheds, but simply forgot to check what time moonrise was. As I was setting up I could see the horizon start to glow a warm orange (as is common before the moon gets above the horizon), the glow getting more intense by the second. I knew the minute the full moon rose above the ridge on Scotts Hill the Milky Way would be washed out, so it was a rush to find a composition & get the right settings, balancing the silhouetted hills, the harbour & of course night sky.

The final image shows the glow that results from the longer distance the moon’s light has to travel through the atmosphere when on the horizon, scattering further, as opposed to the cool white/blue light when the full moon is high in the sky.


Camera Settings

Nikon D750
Nikkor 50mm
ISO 800
f/1.8
20 seconds
10 image panorama

Sale Details

$450 (inc GST)