Split Rock Moonrise

I took a few days off around the new year for a quick trip to Split Rock Lighthouse.  On January 4th, the moon would rise right behind the lighthouse just after the sun set, which I have been waiting for a chance to photography.  Unfortunately, the weather did not agree for the night of the 4th, as the wind chills were -40 and below, so I didn’t make the trip to the North Shore until the 5th.  The moon rose about 50 minutes after sunset, so it was closer to a silhouette than I was hoping, but I made due with what I had.  Here are 3 shots, being the clouds were thin and wispy, and sea smoke was quickly thickening, the moon rise looked more like a sun rise.

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14mm

In recent months I have been tinkering with photographing the night sky.  I had found that my 17mm at f/4 was not the best for this job, so I started researching wider, faster lenses.  I came across a good price for the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 (also branded Samyang or Bower).  The lens came in late last week, and I took it out for a quick shoot, trying to get a feel for it.

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