Toronto Moon Rise – The Moon Illusion

 

The moon rises over the Toronto city skyline as seen from Milton, Ontario, Canada, January 23, 2016.

The moon rises over the Toronto city skyline as seen from Milton, Ontario, Canada, January 23, 2016.

Photographing the Moon over a Skyline

I had planned to make this picture for a while, but I needed to wait for a clear day. There are people who believe that this can’t be real, but in fact it is 100% real. When you see the moon rise behind something, like a skyline or a horizon, it appears bigger than it does when it’s higher in the sky. The farther you get from the horizon when the moon rises, the bigger it can appear. Using an ultra telephoto 600mm lens, I was able to see Toronto from roughly 50 KM away, I was able to get the moon to look massive coming over the skyline. People call this “The Moon Illusion”.

Also, the moon does not rise in the same place and time every day. I had to use an app called the The Photographer’s Ephemeris to find the exact spot where the moon would line up with the city from 50km away.

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