We’ve been housebound for the past two days as Southern California’s chaparral regions were graced with some much needed rainfall. (Also heard the mountains got a couple feet of snow for all you snow bunnies. ). The dogs and I were stoked to tromp along the trails this morning in search of puddles and a […]
Point Mugu, Ventura County, California
I had enjoyed shooting the super moon over the summer, mostly because I was able to get some good detail using my D7000 with a 70-300mm lens. I’m not such a fanatic that I was using filters, etc. After the second time I’d shot the moon, I was getting quite bored with just the moon and to started frame it out with silhouettes of trees. I also discovered if I shot it around dawn and low on the horizon the the barely sunlit sky counteracted the natural brightness coming off the face of the full moon–giving the image that much more interest. I also discovered with my experimentation, that the more I underexposed the shot, the more color showed up in the moon’s face. (My completely unscientific guess is that the light is so bright coming off the moon, the any natural color is washed out.)
SO…over the past three months I’ve been waiting for that perfect day when I’d have a full moon setting in the west with the sun rising in the east shortly after. The time came and it also happened to coincide with the lunar eclipse last week–the “blood moon”. In the past few months I’ve also been messing around with VSCO 4 & 5 and getting to know what the individual kits could do. With all this new found knowledge, I planned to apply the Velvia setting to bring our the blues in the predawn sky and there reds from the underexposed moon.
Thus, the experiment began early in the morning following a 15 hour work day and this is what I got. Full disclosure: In the featured image, I used Lightroom 5’s radial filter with the feather completely gone to bring up the exposure around the moon. I’ve also included processing notes on each image below. I used the last two images for this week’s photo challenge.
300mm f11 1/45 ISO 200, Lightroom 5 Velvia 100 Landscape, no radial filter
300mm f11 1/350 ISO 200, Lightroom 5 Custom Processing, no radial filter
300mm f22 1/30 ISO 200, Lightroom 5 Velvia 100 Landscape, no radial filter (Just before sunrise–exactly what I was going for.)
300mm f8 1/180 ISO 200, Lightroom 5 Velvia 100 Landscape, no radial filter (Just before sunrise–exactly what I was going for.)