Yes, it was magnificent! David and Chris Wilkins led us on a field trip to capture the full moon setting behind the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney (14,500 ft.). February's full moon is traditionally called the Full Snow Moon because usually the heaviest snows fall in February. Even though we are in the midst of yet another drought, Mother Nature provided a light dusting of snow on the High Sierra peaks the night before we arrived.
Our group of 14 met on Sunday afternoon on Movie Road, in the Alabama Hills, so that David and Chris could lead us to a prime location for capturing the moonset over Mt. Whitney. David used The Photographer’s Ephemeris (free download for desktop computers and inexpensive app for smart phones/tablets) to calculate the “prime” location and time the sun would hit the mountain peak, and the location of the moon as it would drop behind Mt. Whitney.
Once at our location, David talked about lenses, camera settings, and suggested various locations to capture the “big event” the next morning. One needs to do a bit of preplanning to capture this type of event. In addition to paying attention to sunrise, one needs to know that the sun takes a while to pop over the Inyo Mountains before lighting the Sierra. Also, the moonset time is effectively earlier than listed since it is calculated for a normal horizon that is not obstructed by mountains.