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Scenic Moonrise Photos by Charles Banville

Timing and planning are key ingredients for striking images.

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The Harvest Moon rises over Gonzales Observatory in Victoria, British Columbia. Charles Banville photographed this scene from nearby Moss Rock on September 19, 2013.

There are two important elements in every successful full-Moon photo. First, of course, the lunar disc itself has to be nicely focused and appear big enough to catch the eye. But the second element, the one that is often overlooked, is an interesting foreground. Victoria, British Columbia, photographer Charles Banville succeeds handsomely on both fronts in the images presented here.

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Banville caputred this view of the full Moon rising over the Ogden Point breakwater on July 22, 2013.

Of course, getting shots like these takes a good deal of preparation. Take his photo of the Moon rising over Victoria’s Gonzales Observatory, for example. “It took a few year to get the right conditions — a full Moon, clear skies, and the proper timing and positioning,” Charles says. He finds that software, such as The Photographer’s Ephemeris, helps when planning a shot.

Both images were captured with a tripod-mounted Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera equipped with a Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM lens.

Readers wishing to see more of Charles’ fine photographs can visit here. And if you have any images you’d like to submit to SkyNews for publication (either on-line or in the magazine), you can send them here.

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