With all of the hype surrounding the supermoon this weekend, I guess it's fitting that shooting the moon involved some drama too.
I figured that the Marin Headlands would be insane, and I have plenty of "full moon over Golden Gate" images, so on Saturday night, I headed to the Van Ness Pier to shoot the moon coming up over Coit Tower. The plan was working great - it was clear and beautiful and there were only a few dozen other photographers there - until we caught the first glimpse of the moon coming up over Pioneer Park and a police car drove onto the pier to kick us all off and lock up the gates. Photographers were begging for five more minutes, but the officer was having none of it and turned on all his sirens and lights to chase us off. I packed up, but kept putting my tripod down to get another few shots as I walked off the pier, and I almost got cited ("*If you stop walking again, I'm going to cite you*" said the bullhorn), but the civil disobedience was worth it in the end!
This is a blend of two images - the moon was already too bright and using graduated filters wasn't an option since I composed the moon behind the tower.