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Denver Super Moon

This is actually a faux HDR. I tried a real HDR, but the effect was rather disturbing with the moon shifting slightly between shots no matter how fast you shot.

 

So, I took a shot with good building exposure, then added back in a well exposed moon from a different shot (moon only as the clouds were fine, with the same framing and zoom level, moving slightly to cover the old moon), then finally to recover the full redness of the signs copied just the bright signs and a few building lights from a heavily underexposed shot, placing them on top of the slightly blown signs. If you look very closely you can tell but otherwise the end result is more pleasing than HDR processing was producing even in the fixed areas.

 

For comparison you can see the HDR software version here:

www.pbase.com/kgelner/image/133299003

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Taken on March 19, 2011