Last Friday was a true photographer's trifecta: sunset, full moon rising and a wind storm with no precipitation. Mid-afternoon I made the decision to cancel my (online) plans to head to Neck Point Park. I dressed in my warm down coat and fleece lined leggings. I was ready to face the wind! The wind was fairly calm on the one side of Neck Point and I knew that once I rounded the corner, the wind would be fierce. I arrived early enough for their to still be light at the 'neck' - the place where to two tides meet in opposite directions. I kept looking for the moon rise and couldn't find it, so I focused on the setting sun and the crazy, windy waves. It was difficult to stand still and hold my phone steady (yes, I'm a smartphone photographer). Pro tip: put a glasses cleaning cloth in your pocket to clean the salt water off your lens.
Finally I saw the bright moon rising over the coastal mountains. The sky was pink from the reflection of the sunset. Moon photographer is something that is hard to capture with my phone and I could barely hold it steady. A steady hand is needed for a good zoom. I spent my time almost running between the sunset and moonrise until the light was too low and my fingers frozen. I took close to 400 images and these are my favorites. It's hard to capture this kind of weather in an image - I've shared a video on my Facebook page for you to get a better idea of the conditions. It was epic. My adrenaline was flowing. I had a well deserved gin drink when I got home and fell asleep before 10 pm. And I skipped the sunrise the next morning.