Full moon in April 2013 will be good from Magnolia Bridge this year. The moon will pass across the observation deck of Space Needle. It will be 8:05pm and about 10 minutes before Sunset time when the moon passes the Space Needle which makes exposure setting easy. We will be able to capture the inside pattern of huge moon (relative to Space Needle). 100% full moon will be at 12:26pm on the 25th. Moon rise time and Sunset time relationship is very similar to June 20th, 2005 which can be seen in the bottom of this page. Moon trajectory and exposure setting will be ideal for photo capturing from west side of Magnolia Bridge on the 24th (Wednesday).
Below image was taken on 6th of April 2012. The moon was blocked by the clouds and a little bit higher to overlay with the observation deck. 300mm F2.8 plus x2 and x1.4 extender = 840mm equivallent. ISO500 f/7.1 0.8sec
Below image was taken on 6th of April 2012 (10 minutes earlier than above image) with 300mm F2.8 plux x2 extender = 600mm equivallent. ISO500 f/7.1 0.4sec
TPE data for April 6th, 2012 is shown below.
Moon rising time : 8:18pm at 108.2 degree (Sunset time 7:47pm). Space Needle passing: 9:09pm at 117.4 degree azimuth and 6.7 degree vertical angle.
TPE data for April 24th, 2013 is shown below.
Moon rising time : 7:19pm at 107.5degree (Sunset time 8:12pm). Space Needle passing: 8:05pm at 115.9 degree azimuth and 6.1 degree vertical angle.
Below image was taken June 20th, 2005 which Moonrise time and Sunset time relationship is very similar to April 24th, 2013 at the time when the moon passes Space Needle. 600mm equivallent ISO100 f/22 1.8sec.
TPE data for Jun 20th, 2005 is shown below.
Moon rising time : 8:22pm at 132.2degree (Sunset time 9:10pm). Space Needle passing: 9:09pm at 140.8 degree azimuth and 4.5 degree vertical angle.
Suggested focal length. 200-400mm for the moon, Space Needle and buildings. 600mm or longer for the moon and Space Needle.
Use a remote release with Mirror Lock up. Use live view for the best focus.
You can adjust the ideal composition by moving around the shooting sopt. In order to place the moon relative to a specific object (such as Space Needle observation deck) lower, move right or lower position. In order to place the moon higher, move left or higher position.
Happy shooting and share your results.