• Love the light reflecting off cluds! - M Volpe

Full Moon over Stanford

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My first attempt at night photography. As I was leaving class last night the nearly full moon created such a nice aura above the campus that I was compelled to set up the tripod and give it a try. A small plane passed by during this 20 sec exposure leaving a nice light trail. The gaps in the light trail are the momentary pause between images, since this is an HDR with 3 images blended.

Anyway, if you view LARGE you will get to enjoy all the twinkly light in much more detail.

I learned that:

1) it's hard to set up the tripod in the near dark; it wasn't level so I had to straighten in PS
2) you can't really tell thru the viewfinder whether the image is in focus
3) selecting the right exposure takes experimentation - I started at 2 seconds and kept going until 30 seconds (which is the max for my camera); This one is 20 sec.

© 2009 Jill Clardy

Marc Crumpler (Ilikethenight), and 16 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. nobleup Coming Back Slowly 59 months ago | reply

    Jill, the hdr and the traditional both stand on their own merit!!!! I love them both!!!!

  2. M Volpe 59 months ago | reply

    Hi Jill - very pretty - I love the lights coming from the buildings!! They goe off such a nice glow. The light reflecting off the clouds on the left is great. Womderful image with many very cool elements!!

    I saw this in:

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  3. sirwiseowl 59 months ago | reply

    Interesting information Jill. I've don't had any success with night photography. Never had the patience to set the camera up and use the long exposure. Not good! You have given me some 'food' for thought. have a wonderful weekend!

  4. ...-Wink-... 59 months ago | reply

    Thanks Jill for stopping by
    ...-Wink's Place-...

    Did you see you have the photo of the day?

  5. SALLYANNE0852 new profile 59 months ago | reply

    OH I LOVE the night view............good work.........

  6. Nathan Bergeron Photography 59 months ago | reply

    Great night shot for your first!! The long exposure works great here!
    Seen on your photo stream. (?²ˣ)

  7. Carhove 59 months ago | reply

    Excelente toma!!
    I saw this in:

    Clicking and Enjoying
    An unpretentious group all about the enjoyment of photography

  8. adrians_art 59 months ago | reply

    Marvellous night scene Jill! have a great weekend!

  9. Singing With Light 59 months ago | reply

    Such a cool night shot, love the trail of the plane

    have a good weekend

    I saw this in:

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  10. LuluR1 ~ . SEE YOU ALL SOON~ 59 months ago | reply

    Wow really impressive, love the trail of the aircraft :)

  11. gbrands 59 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous image.
    I saw this in:

    Clicking and Enjoying
    An unpretentious group all about the enjoyment of photography

  12. Len McAlpine 59 months ago | reply

    Beautiful night capture!

  13. Greg Lilly Photos 59 months ago | reply

    Wonderful!!! Nice shooting!

    Thanks for stopping by
    ...-Wink's Place-...

  14. Zaqqy J. 59 months ago | reply

    An instant fave.! Very nice!

  15. photowink 59 months ago | reply

    Nice picture! I'm surprised at the number of cars out, so late at night. Reading your comments under the pic, I don't know what camera you have, but if you have a canon, liveview + zooming (on liveview only, so there is no change in focal length) is a great way to see if things are focus at night.

  16. frosteez 59 months ago | reply

    Nicely done! Awesome moon!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  17. Chuck Cutler 59 months ago | reply

    Great job! I like the Photomatix version - it adds luminosity and depth, without going overboard and rendering the scene unrealistic as many Photomatix users tend to do.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  18. floralgal 59 months ago | reply

    This is gorgeous!!!! You did a superb job!!!! I like taking my night shots just before dusk.... "the blue hour"... when you can see in the viewfinder, LOL!!!! some people bring a flashlight with them!!!!! Anyway this is so pretty!

  19. Non Paratus 59 months ago | reply

    That's a marvelous image Jill! I've seen a tendency for some HDR night shots to have a noticeable halo or to be super-saturated. This is spot on.

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