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Early Bird Gets "Mooned"

Early Bird Gets
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Copyright: Karen Beall (kbeall) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 513 W: 108 N: 902] (3598)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-04
Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Nature
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-12-04 14:47
Viewed: 1102
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I realize that those of you not in the United States or maybe even not in my region may not understand some of my titles, so I apologize. (Was that a triple negative? Another apology!)

I awoke to see the moon setting this morning, and I grabbed the tripod and headed out into the wind and cold. It was a bonus that my neighbor left for work at the same time, lighting the smaller trees along his driveway and providing the wonderful light streaks. He beeped his horn, acknowledging my lunatic behavior.

PP work--a slight crop, although I played with many versions, not exactly being happy with the moon in the center of the photo. Sharpened, and ran through Neat Image. I had the camera set to the "night mode." I didn't use any auto zoom in this shot, but if anyone can tell me why the moon looked like a lopsided egg in my other shots taken at the same time (not posted), I'm all ears.

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To GreenBaron: I like those stars!kbeall 1 12-04 18:35
To PierreFrigon: No Zoomkbeall 1 12-04 18:28
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Nice shot.
I think maybe you moved the camera just a fraction when pushing the button. Using a zoom in on the moon almost requires an external push button to shoot.
And then again maybe I'm wrong. I did try a while back to capture a zoomed in moon without any good results.

Hi Karen,
Great nocturnal picture. In my opinion the moon itself isn't a lopsided egg (I enlaged the picture) but is more the oblique halo causing this phenomen. I made a WS and changed some bits and pieces. Nevertheless a excellent night shot my early bird!

:) Later...

As promised...

The moon is one of the most difficult subjects to capture. In order to correctly expose it, you have to catch it after the sun comes up or just before it goes down or you could use a filter (like sunglasses)
The problem is, when you meter the moon, it's so bright your camera sets a fast shutter speed and when you meter the sky, it's so black the shutter speed sets slower. Hard to find a happy medium because your dealing with bright light and complete darkness.
The other option is to clone one in from another shot during the day but ten you'll get certain parts of your picture that need to reflect that light and it will show up like a fake moon.
During dusk or dawn the contrast isn't so different and you can meter right next to the moon or sometimes directly on it and get good results with good detail on the moon itself. I haven't had much luck with shooting the moon (pun also) but I do understand (after research)how it's done. I get the same overexposed circle you captured here. I do like the moodiness of the scene, the streaking taillights and the stars you captured.

Hi Karen. My nocturnal moon shots have been dismal disasters. A lovely image and I like the moon central. If you still have the original try not sharpening prior to using NeatImage. A workshop if I may and have a Happy New Year.

Many thanks for your comment on ‘Maritime’

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