07 Dec Pic(k) of the week 49: SUPERMOON RISE OVER THE GHAF TREES

Source: Bjorn Moerman

As a Landscape photographer I tend to take note of every Full Moonrise date in my personal calendar. Surprisingly a lot of outdoor photographers are not really aware about the fact that whenever we have a full moon, the moonrise more or less coincides with the sunset; perfect to shoot the moonrise during the blue hour, my preferred timing for Landscape photography!  
Once in a while, we have a “Supermoon”; not even an official astronomical term, but lets have a brief simplified look what it actually is…
Since the moon orbit is not circular, the distance to the earth varies. Perigee is whenever the moon is the closest to the earth, but this does rarely happen when we have a full moon. Whenever it does, its time for a Supermoon!   
Such was the case on December 3rd, when the full moon disc was 7% larger and about 15% brighter than normal. 
Needless to say December 3rd was on my calendar when I went out into the desert just East of Dubai, in order to find a good spot to photograph the brightest moonrise of the year. Since it almost coincided with the UAE National Day (December 2nd), I wanted to give it a UAE flavor!
Although the UAE is not known for having huge forests, they actually do have a “National tree”; the Ghaf tree, officially called the Prosopis cineraria, is one of the only trees which is able to survive in the harsh desert climate. 

To highlight the size of the moon, it works best when one frames it with a foreground object. 

Image details:Fujifilm X-T2 with

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