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Full Moon over Stanford

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

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Taken on June 5, 2009