Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “moon

Pink Sky In Airdrie

Pink Sky In Airdrie


We were just about to go into a restaurant for dinner when I looked up. The sunset sky had turned pink. I went back to the car and grabbed my handy point and shoot to grab a quick shot. The half moon was a nice inclusion.

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Into The Night

Into The Night


As the sky darkens and the harvest moon rises higher, the farmer works on into the night, racing against time to bring his crops in.

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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon


The harvest moon hangs over a freshly cut field of grain.

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Making The Turn

Making The Turn


A farmer turns the swather to make a new cut into the grain they are getting ready to combine, facing into the harvest moon.

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Before Moonset, Yaki Point

Before Moonset, Yaki Point


In order for the moon to be full, it must be on the opposite side of the earth from the sun. So, moonrise happens at sunset and moonset happens at sunrise. Two days after the full moon the moon is still in the sky when the sun is up. The sun is up high enough to reach into the canyon but hasn’t reached the Colorado River at the bottom of the gorge.

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Moonrise Over The Canyon

Moonrise over the Canyon


The sun had just dipped below the horizon in the west, and when I turned around the moon had risen above the Kaibab Plateau for the evening. Starting into the Blue Hour the colours were more muted than with the direct sunlight shining on them.

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Frozen Moon

Frozen Moon


The moon looks down on us, and sometimes it looks back up. The moon is reflected in the ice at Vermillion Lakes in Banff National Park. After the sun dips below the mountain tops, everything takes on a blue cast.

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Reach For The Moon

Reach For The Moon


Steve the Astronaut is up a tree in Poppy Plaza

Neil Silhouette

My friend Neil Zeller has been putting on a Photowalk for the past few years around his Birthday to celebrate with friends and to meet new people. The Photowalk this year was another great success. You can follow Neil all over on Social Media. His Facebook Page or Instagram, for examples.

Straight From The Dinosaur’s Mouth

Straight From The Dinosaur's Mouth


Long time Calgary residents might recognise the muzzle of the city’s favourite concrete critter, Dinny the Dinosaur. The 120 ton statue was built in 1937 and will be the only remnant after more renovations at the zoo. The majority of the other dinos are going to Drumheller.

This shot was taken in February 1988 on Kodachrome film.

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Olympic Flame And Moon

Olympic Flame And Moon


I took the month of February off in 1988 to work for Nikon at the Winter Olympics. One evening I attended a Medals Ceremony in Olympic Plaza across from City Hall. While waiting for the presentations, standing elbow to elbow in a huge crowd, I turned around (with a giant monster lens) and spotted the fingernail moon next to the Olympic Flame on top of the Calgary Tower. It was an amazing moment for me, full of pride in my city and country, lugging around dream equipment and having a great time.

Nikon FM, Nikkor 400mm f/2.8, Kodachrome 64, Epson V600 Scanner

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Moon Mars And Saturn

Moon Mars And Saturn

This was a night for preplanning and last minute research. That evening, I was getting pinged by my Aurora Alerting app (free, with a $2.99 alert upgrade, in app purchase), so I thought a late night excursion was in order. I checked The Photographer’s Ephemeris ($8.99) to find the moons position and phase. While we were on location, I noticed a bright celestial object, so I checked Sky Guide ($1.99) to learn more. I found out that after the Moon, the next brightest objects were Mars and Saturn. The orange glow in the lower left was Airdrie and Calgary.

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Super Moon

Super Moon Through The Tree

We got out to shoot the super moon. Of course, we arrived at our location a little late and the moon was already up. I did get a few shots that I did like. The mosquitoes were out like crazy, so I didn’t want to stay too long. Did you see the super moon? Did it look different to you?

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Glenbow Moonrise

Glenbow Moonrise

We are back to our outing at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park near Cochrane, Alberta. As with Monday’s post “Fence Lines” the landform is the major subject in the frame. This time there is a prominent S curve traversing the hill, and the full moon. I was able to underexpose the frame enough to retain some detail in the full moon. This created a more moody scene with the farm buildings on the hill and the dark sky behind them. You can barely see the wispy clouds with a tint of color from the setting sun.

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Wandering Around At Night

Skyline Moon

When you are familiar with a city, you know where the best vantage points are. I knew the moon would be up when we went out to shoot, and it would be in the southern sky. Of course this meant that I had to be north of downtown if I wanted the city skyline with the moon in the shot. It was the shot that I previsualized when I planned the photo shoot, and I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 12-24mm @12mm, f/8.0, 1.6 seconds, ISO 800

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Waxing Gibbous Moon Over The Bow Valley

Waxing Gibbous Moon Over The Bow Valley

Just a quick image for you today. The moon was rising over the Bow Valley near Canmore, Alberta while the tops of the nearby peaks were still lit by the setting sun.

Nikon P6000, 15mm, f/4.4, 1/86 sec, ISO 64

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Just Do It

I’ve been working on getting out more for quick shoots near my home. While I’m not advocating “Speed Landscapes” (or the photographic equivalent of speed dating), I’m finding out that you don’t always need a lot of time to go out and get some great images.

Checking back on my previous post An Alberta Evening, the three images were actually taken over a 10 minute period! We were out a bit longer and the total time out of the house was less than one hour.

Canola and Treeline

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Travel Photo Contest

Grand Canyon Moonrise

I’ve entered Darwin Wiggett’s Summer Travel Photo Contest. I like entering Darwin’s contests. There is no rights grab, he posts your image on his blog and shows you the winners. No using your photo until the end of time, just nice and simple. Usually Darwin has some nice prizes. This time he’s giving away gear! The new Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5-5.6 is up for grabs!

As you can only enter one image in the contest, I had to pare down the candidates quickly. To me, Travel Photography means Iconic images and pictures that tell stories. I immediately turned to my travels for images. (more…)



I often find myself wondering when the sun will rise or set. A quick search on the internet will provide you with a number of tables for sunrise and sunset. Some are easy to use some are harder. I came across The Photographer’s Ephemeris early in 2009 and have installed it on my desktop and laptop computers. I find myself consulting it more and more. Not only does it show you the sunrise and sunset times, it shows the moon rise and set times, And provides a map of your chosen location with lines showing sun and moon angles. In addition you can choose to show Civil, Nautical and Astronomical Twilights. If you really want detail you can get the Azimuth and Altitude information. This is pretty amazing for a free program! The PC version requires Adobe Air (also a free program). There is a new version for the Apple iPhone in the App Store for $8.99, still a great deal. It’s just another reason I want to get an iPhone.

If you are headed to a location, you can see where the sun or moon will rise or set on the day you will be there. This way you can previsualize and plan some of you shots. Conversely you can pick the best days for the shots you want and plan your photo shoots accordingly. It’s easy, say I want to photograph Vermillion Lakes with a full moon in July 2010. Well the full moon falls on Sunday July 25 this year, and I would rather go out to Banff on the Saturday night. TPE shows 96% illumination on the moon for Saturday so that’s pretty good. Now I can plan my trip to shoot the full moon at V-Lakes for Saturday July 24th. Anyone want to join me?

Vermillion Lakes and Moon 2

Taken December 28, 2009

Nikon D300s, Nikkor 24-70mm @24mm, f/11, 1/2 sec, ISO 200