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Painting With Light...Moonrise Over Buck Mountain

Taken on the hike down from Buck Mountain. The moon was amazingly bright under the cold clear sky. The shadows it was casting at the low angle were the only reason I really needed the headlamp for the hike out.


I actually got the idea to put all this together from someone elses photo that had a similar idea of light painting with the moon. I'm not completely happy with the result, but not bad for my first attempt.


We have three things going on here, two of which are highly variable/experimental in results 1) a starburst moon 2) a moonlit landscape 3) the tree is painted with an incadscent head lamp to give it a warm glow.


I've combined two of these elements before but not all three. And it's an interesting way to make something out of nothing.


I'd have been better off with 4 or 8 second exposures versus the 15-30 seconds I used. Above 15 seconds the moon tends to look oblong as it rises.


I'm thinking I could take 2 exposures and blend them to get a bit more mid tone brightness in the middle of the frame, aka. the moonlit portion of this shot. I would do this by putting some black cardboard over the moon (or lens section where the moon is) for the second exposure and let it go for about 1 minute.


Pentax Ist D, Pentax DA21mm, ISO400, 20seconds at f/13. Cable release + MLU and tripod.

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Taken on January 21, 2008