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The Garden

Brad McGinley, Cooper the Wonder Dog and I ventured down to the Garden of the Gods last weekend to shoot the moon setting behind Pikes Peak and the kissing camels. Hard to believe, I’ve only been to this iconic destination once previously and long before my photography was as serious as it is today. I’ve had this location on my radar for some time and always felt it one of the night destinations best shot during a large or full moon since the light pollution from the city would minimize the stars anyway.

 

This shot was taken just after 3:00 AM as the moon set behind Pikes Peak. Even though the nearly full moon set, there’s still plenty of light in the area lighting up the foreground. We tried several vantages in the park, but liked this one best for the shot.

 

It is a 4 shot panorama, 70mm, f/2.8, 2 minutes and ISO 100. It was a relatively calm night about 50+ degrees and I forgot that taking long exposures in warm(ish) weather yields hot spots on the sensor. Still I liked the photo enough to spend a few hours each night this week eliminating them so that I can add this shot to my gallery. A tedious manual process, but hopefully worth it in the long run.

 

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Taken on May 31, 2015