It was only several months ago when I learned about the Photographer's Ephemeris website. That is one of the tools which you can use to see the exact times and directions of the sunset, the sunrise, the moonset and the moonrise for any given location in the world. You can also see which phase will the Moon be in, i.e. how "full" will it be. So I did use that application on this day and I saw that there was going to be the full Moon, which was going to rise during the golden hour.
Could it be better? Yup! I also saw the orientation of the Moon and concluded that I should get to the other side of the Sava river, and try to take a shot of the Moon with the Kalemegdan fortress in the foreground. Ideally, I hoped that I would be able to compose my photo so that the "Victor" statue would be "inside" the full Moon (the idea that I've got from several photographers based in Belgrade who have posted similar photos on their Instagram profiles).
So I got into my car, drove across the river, found the perfect angle, and waited for around one hour before the Moon started to rise.
Can you see this fantastic full Moon in my photo?
Well, maybe that's because it is hidden behind the clouds :)
Lesson no. 2: always check the weather forecast before you plan your photo-shooting session! :) The weather conditions could either make or ruin your idea for the photo. But no matter what the conditions are, you can always think of something that will look great. It could be a reflection of the Sun in a water surface, or a fight between the wind and an umbrella, or the bird that is freezing in the snow... or just the Kalemegdan fortress in Belgrade during the golden hour, contrasted by some clouds in the background.
Actually, the latter is what I really wanted to write about, but it would be boring to just say "it was a nice day and I took a photo during the golden hour", wouldn't it? :)