If you are out and about near sunset this evening, the Harvest Moon will be in full view.  With the recent heat and dust particulates in the atmosphere the moon should appear larger than normal.  The September full Moon occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. Native Americans would call it the Full Corn Moon, signaling the harvest of corn.  Whereas the moon rises nearly 50 minutes later each day, the Harvest Moon rises about 25-30 minutes later making the moon, land and sky about neutral when shooting landscapes.  I shot this yesterday evening after a semi-grueling day of covering Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo.

The Harvest Moon over the Slusser Road Barn near Santa Rosa, Saturday Sept.29, 2012 (by Kent Porter ) 2012

-Kent Porter