Here is something we can learn from stuartist about the techniques and story behind this awarded photo:

"I started taking pictures seriously when my parents got a Kodak Hawkeye Instamatic camera in the ’60s. It was a cheaper version of the Instamatic that you got by saving cigar bands. I remember using it at the New York World’s Fair and a school trip to Washington DC. In college, I took a photography course that included developing and printing black and white photos. Unfortunately, I realized then that my colorblindness, only partial but still there, was not going to make it easy for me to print color photos in the traditional manner. Digital photography changed everything. Not only could I process my own photos, I could apply artistic effects. Using Photoshop and various plugins like Buzz Pro I could create pseudo watercolors, oil paintings and some artistic effects you couldn’t even do using traditional media."

Where did you take this photo?

This photo was taken from a park overlooking the Hudson River in Weehawken, New Jersey.

What time of day?

It was just after sundown. The PhotoPills app was used to anticipate where the moon would be rising.

What equipment did you use?

I used a Canon R7 with the 55-150mm kit lens on a tripod with a Platypod Platyball head.

Manhattan Moonrise

Manhattan Moonrise

What inspired you to take this photo?

I was attending a workshop and we knew the moon would be rising in just the right spot and time from that location. It was raining when we arrived but, luckily, the clouds cleared out to the east and the moon came into view.

Did you do any post-processing? If yes, tell us about it!

No special post processing was done for this photo.

What equipment do you normally have in your bag?

My bag contains my Canon R7, the 18-150mm kit lens and a 100-400mm lens. I also carry a Platypod for instances where a tripod is not allowed.

Any advice for others trying to capture something similar?

An app like PhotoPills is a great tool to help determine where the sun or moon will be at any time of the day or night. It can tell you where you should stand for the best view if you are time constrained or when to be in a certain spot if you’re looking for the best shot from that location.

Discover more of stuartist's photographic styles and techniques:

Bay Bridge and San Francisco

New York State of Mind