Seattle Super Moon

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    I was sitting in the living room last night processing pics from the weekend, when I noticed a huge moon rising over Seattle. Grabbed my camera and ran up to Kerry Park to get this picture.

    If you would like to try taking a picture like this yourself, here are the steps I followed:
    First I took (9) exposures of the city (-4EV - 4EV) converted to TIFF and blended them in Photomatix.

    Save Photomatix file in JPEG and exported 5 of the 9 exposures to JPEG. I would really like to use TIFF here but due to the file size of the D800 it really isn't necessary and becomes a huge memory issue.

    Using Adobe Bridge I opened all 6 files as Layers in Adobe CS5 and blended them together to get the desired Seattle skyline results I wanted.

    Next I brought in the 6 moon shots that I had taken over an elapsed time as layers as well.

    I set each of these layers to "lighten" mode, you can also use "screen" mode, the results may slightly vary. Mess around to find your best choice:)

    My final steps are selective sharpen and saturation of certain colors. In this picture, orange and blue.

    Hopefully you find this helpful and can make something of your own.


    Camera: Nikon D800
    Lens: Nikkor 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G
    Tripod: Oben AC-1310 Tripod w/ Ball Head
    Computer: 27" iMac i7 3.1GHz 16GB Ram
    Programs: Photomatix, Photoshop, and Lightroom for final adjustments

    Luiz Felipe Castro, Franafricano, and 109 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. paul cupido 24 months ago | reply

      absolutely stunning!

    2. Concorde Nick 24 months ago | reply

      Super Moon, super shot, Super Dave! :-) Well done!
      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    3. Eric 5D Mark III 24 months ago | reply

      wow, nice work here!!

    4. Dene' Miles 24 months ago | reply

      Clever one Dave, i like this a lot!

    5. designstudiodxb 24 months ago | reply

      Wow! Fantastic night shot!

    6. g_heyde 24 months ago | reply

      Brilliant work!

    7. sjs61 24 months ago | reply

      Great work Dave. Love the moons across that fantastic Seattle skyline!!

    8. Gary J Weathers 24 months ago | reply

      Very clean processing Dave! Nice :)

    9. cabe26 24 months ago | reply

      Excellent work

    10. Dunia Osorio 24 months ago | reply

      So beautiful capture, you did it great blending the moons together, so beautiful really!

    11. little m:) 23 months ago | reply

      extremely well done, dave!

    12. - Dave Morrow - 23 months ago | reply

      thanks! Glad you like the results

    13. Doug van Kampen 23 months ago | reply

      Really like what you did here!

      In reference to your question about Nik Silver FX; I rarely use Nik to process my images, though, there are some things I *do* use it for....

    14. - Dave Morrow - 23 months ago | reply

      Thanks! Gotcha, its a good tool to have in your back pocket for sure. I sometimes do and sometimes dont use it. But I think it is a well put together program.

    15. msankar4 23 months ago | reply

      Great picture.

    16. roseannadana 22 months ago | reply

      A real stunner Dave!

    17. missnoma 21 months ago | reply

      Well this is super, super spectacular...Either picture would be great but you have combined them for a masterpiece...Don't think ever done before...

    18. Sandra OTR 21 months ago | reply

      I still remember the crowds in the Park that evening. Unbelievable.

    19. KaronLNetherland 20 months ago | reply

      Very,very beautiful and creative!

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