I had this grand idea for a photo of the Super Blood Moon rising about the Boston skyline. I researched other photos, websites, and even went out the night before to scout the location. But things don't always go to plan. Upon arriving at the location there were 50-100 photographers in the area with the same idea. A shot over the Charles River of the moon above Boston.
I took a few test shots, tried different angle, and decided the moon was way to high in the sky to get a good city shot and a big moon. I knew this could be the case, but hoped for the best. I thought about taking a nice skyline shot and then compositing in a zoomed in shot of the moon, but I'd rather get something real in camera.
So I decided to move my feet, walk across the Harvard Bridge, and use my knowledge of photography to get a more interesting shot. Only about 5-10 photogs were getting a similar shot as me, but its always gonna happen in a big city! I knew that I could get the top of the Prudential in the shot with a big moon in the background, but only if I was close to it since the moon was so high up. The moon is actually moving pretty fast when you are using a 640mm lens equivalent, 400mm on 1.6 crop sensor, so I had to keep moving a couple feet down the sidewalk to get the right composition.
Not only did I end up with a shot that says "Super Blood Moon over Boston", but I took a short timelapse and some video of the moon moving across the sky. Sometimes you have to scrap your plan and try something different. Timelapse and realtime video below.