Moonrise over Higgins Lake

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Moonrise over Higgins Lake

I’d begun the day in Michigan’s thumb, and wanted to make it to Higgins Lake in the middle of northern Michigan by nightfall. I knew a full moon would be rising in the East just as the sun was setting in the west. I arrived at dusk, set up my camera on a tripod, and waited. As the evening grew darker I began to worry I’d somehow miscalculated. But soon the moon peaked above a line of clouds that had hidden it.

I used the highlight warning display on my camera to set an exposure for the moon. As the moon moved higher it also got brighter while the far shore fell into ever deepening shadow. This is my favorite shot of the night–an exposure of 1.6 seconds at f/11 and ISO 100. I had a 1.4 teleconverter mounted on my 70-200 lens to give me an effective focal length of 280 mm. I always leave the color temperature setting on auto on my camera, but chose a daylight balance when I developed this shot so the color would be true to what I had witnessed.

I returned to the same location early the next morning to capture this shot just before sunrise.

Sunrise, Higgins Lake

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