Strabane, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland
Last night I eventually got the chance to capture this 100% full moon scene. I attempted it last month but failed due to the moon dipping behind clouds at last minute! This was another tricky composition to pre-calculate using astro/moon alignment apps to find the exact spot to stand at the exact time. Then the camera & lens all on tripod had to be composed, focused & pre-set with the exact manual settings. After all this it became a nervous waiting game while I stood in hope with my fingers crossed
When the moon perfectly aligned to the broadcast tower there was mere seconds to run left or right, recompose & capture the moon with the tower exactly in the middle of the frame. Any error at all & this moment would have been missed! If I failed on this attempt it may have taken months (weather permitting) to wait on another opportunity. Thankfully on this month’s attempt my research & pre-planning was spot on
Constructed in 1963 this television broadcast tower stands 1,002 ft high, which today still the record for the tallest structure in all of Ireland! Located a few miles from my home it is respected by the folk in Strabane & surrounding areas. If you live in our town & are returning home from a trip, this broadcast tower is always the first thing you see from a great distance on your return. It may be an old iron reception tower to the onlooking stranger but to us it’s a landmark icon of our little town of Strabane.