A PHOTOGRAPHER has captured a striking image of Peel Tower set against a moon backdrop.

Lee Mansfield, an amateur photographer and IT worker who specialises in images of the moon or the sun over towers and buildings, snapped the image after painstaking planning and waiting for the right moment.

Mr Mansfield said: “Spending a lot of time understanding the moon’s position, azimuth and phase and with a few apps on your mobile allows your imagination to plan a full moon over these great landmarks and buildings.

“It takes the moon about 29.5 days to go through all of its phases, meaning that each month has on average one full moon, which occurs when the entire face of the moon is illuminated by the sun.

“Understanding the phases allows me to plan in advance my photos.

“Timing and the weather is crucial - I can plan a great photo but any thick cloud or rain will interrupt the plans and it can be quite disheartening when you travel - sometimes for an hour-and-a-half- only to see some clouds and know you’ve had a wasted trip.”

To learn more about Mr Mansfield’s photography visit http://leemansfield.co.uk/