The preparations began when it was still morning. That is when I scouted about for a good location. I probably shouldn't say good. What I should say is acceptable and close to home. I was using my Sun Seeker app to try to predict where and when the moon would rise. After rejecting two locations, I decided to try the pond where I had photographed a number of sunrises back in 2022.
If the app were correct, I should see it rising in the distance somewhere beyond this tree. → →
I thought the tree would make a good foreground element. When I returned with Sue ~7pm, I took that → ↑ photo and waited and waited. Would the app prove to be correct? As my watch slipped past the projected moonrise time, I had my doubts.
Then, the couple with whom we struck up a bit of a conversation saw it – so faint that I couldn't see it until the man guided my eye. It was 7:53, almost 15 minutes after rising time, but the clouds on the horizon had obscured the moon until then, which is too bad because the moon appears bigger close to the horizon.
After a few minutes, I took a disappointing record photo, but I was pleased to see that the app had predicted the location correctly as it was rising beyond the tree.
A minute later, the moon was becoming clearer although only half of it has lifted beyond the low cloud. I had also adjusted the exposure, deciding that it would cause the moon would stand out a little more.
Well okay, but the moon was looking pretty small. I zoomed in to the full 200mm that the lens allowed. This caused me to lose the foreground tree, but I think the pond and other features are sufficient.