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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.

 

Enjoy...

 

Details/Equipment:

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

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Taken on May 6, 2012