I was making some tea the other evening and happened to notice that the moon was full. It was low in the sky and shrouded by fast moving clouds. The breaks in the cloud allowed the moonlight to shine through. I felt the same thrill that I have been having recently as I observe various scenes and photographic possibilities and felt that I had to go out and shoot the moonrise. The only trouble now was where to go?
I have several “go to” spots around Vasterbotten, where I live. I considered both Ultervattnet and the Ricklean River where I have shot before. In the end decided that to get the best image of the moonrise I needed to be on the coast so I went to Sikeahamn, a small harbour in the Bay of Bothnia which I had scouted before but never yet shot at.
So off I went to the harbour at Sikea, near Robertsfors, which is about twenty minutes away from my house. The harbour was completely deserted by the time I got there. The bay was also very dark despite the moonrise. I decided to shoot a long exposure first and had a shutter speed of 30 seconds. This resulted in some great looking clouds as they scudded across the disc of the full moon. I then wanted to shoot a panorama stitch of three images. These don’t always work well with long exposures, but I am happy with the image here.
After these two images it then occurred to me that the clouds were incredibly sculptural so I wanted try a much shorter exposure of only 4 seconds and finally I tried a two minute exposure. All of these images are shown in this post, so you can choose your favourite – I would be pleased to hear which you like the best.
This link will give a little information about Sikeahamn