Full Moons and phenomena such as the Harvest Moon, Blue Moon, Blood Moon, Supermoons and eclipses often prompt a flurry of social media shots. But whether it's a glowing orange orb just above the horizon or the soft outline of a silver crescent set against a city backdrop, the Moon – the brightest and largest object in the night sky – has long held a fascination for photographers. British photographers James Burns and Andrew Fusek Peters are two of them.
James is known for capturing the Moon amid the London skyline in images that he shares on social media and sells as prints via his website, London from the Rooftops. Andrew, whose work regularly appears in national newspapers and magazines, also prefers to photograph the Moon as part of a wider scene, to tell a story. "I'm always looking for an interesting foreground – to put the Moon within a landscape or a built environment," he explains.
At a glance, viewers might assume that their images are composites. They'd be wrong. In fact, every element of each image is captured in-camera, in RAW. And this is no mean feat, involving a lot of planning, using the right kit, and being in the right place at the right time. Here, James and Andrew offer tips for capturing fresh and original photographs of the Moon, all year round.