Get lucky with clear winter skies, wear lots of layers for 36° temperatures (yes, this is Florida), set up at 4 AM with a dramatic foreground (like the Jacksonville Skyline) for a 7:15 AM Moonset. Have a big vision, pay attention to details, get a shooting buddy for motivation, and a thermos of hot coffee.
I started preparing for this shoot about 6 months ahead with the photographer’s ephemerals researching full moon shooting locations around Jacksonville. This Included getting permissions to be on-site at various locations, figuring out camera settings for creating a time-lapse from the middle of night thru sunrise. And finding the exact spots to place the tripods for getting the city in the foreground and a setting full moon going into eclipse at sunrise. My setup included one camera to record the night to day transition (the time-lapse), a second camera with a large telephoto lens for abstracts, and a third camera for landscape compositions.
But this wasn’t all 1/31/18 had to offer. An hour drive to the south 12 hours later, a sunset then a moonrise behind a lighthouse happens if you're at the right spot. My last photographs taken were 25 minutes after sunset at the River House in St. Augustine Florida. A fitting end to a long and rewarding day.
A practice shot (one of many) evaluating shutter speed and sharpness took a few days before.
Setting for the camera doing time-lapse:
D850 / 80-400mm @ 165 mm
Interval of 5”
Intervals x shots/interval = 1800
LRTimelapse and Lightroom used for time-lapse post-processing.