Friday, February 10, 2012

Another Incredible Full Moon Set


Actually, the moon was one day past the full moon stage because day before was cloudy, so no photos. As usual, the full moon set happens at the same time as sunrise so the light is quite dramatic. Only problem is that there is 4 full stops difference between correct exposures for the moon and for the ground. Even ND grad filters can’t compensate for such a drastic difference in light so Photoshop is the only solution to come up with a image that resembles what a human eye does see. Of course, the 1000mm lens was mounted on heavy tripod and I took one exposure for ground at f/8, 1/15 second, ISO 200 and second at f/8, 1/250 second, ISO 200. I have merged these two exposures in Photoshop Elements 10 using layer masks. There were no other enhancements made.

This is my location. Rectangle is the area I shoot with 1000mm lens. I had to remove camera from lens to take this photo with 18mm lens.

3 comments:

S├ębastien said...

Indeed. Great opportunity.

Jerry said...

Thanks, Seb. Unfortunately, next opportunity will be in August 31st at around 7:30 am provided that weather co-operates, always an iffy proposition. I was lucky to be able to take some photos on 3 occasions in the last 6 months.

Jerry said...

I forgot to mention that moonset and sunrise have coincide at same time, plus/minus 10 minutes or so. If the sun comes up too early the moon is washed out. This picture is very close to be completely washed out.