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Martello Moon - pink version

Here’s a close up of the Old Moon over Dalkeys Island's Martello Tower. I‘ve posted the pink version as the main shot here because that’s what the sky looked like in the field and in the panoramic version I posted yesterday. But when I set the white balance using the Moon, I got the blue version (below) that I really like too.


It was taken with the Canon 100-400mm set to 285 mm for 0.8 seconds at f11 and ISO 100, while mounted on a Manfrotto 055CX3 tripod. In Lightroom, the main edits of the pink version involved leveling using the roof of the tower, removal of a short jet-trail, and adding some vibrance as well as the usual sharpening and noise reduction. Then I created the blue version by creating a virtual copy– essentially the original untouched RAW image with a different group of settings applied. This virtual copy is then stacked with the original image. Another advantage of Lightroom is that it applies the settings to the RAW file in the correct order when the outputted JPEG is generated. This means that, even though I sharpened the pink version before I adjusted the white balance to get the blue version, the blue one still has the sharpening applied last – aren’t these Adobe guys and gals hot shots? – awful pun unintentional of course!


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Taken on March 2, 2011