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Balancing Rock | by Jason (Audrey's Dad)
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Balancing Rock

A tighter crop of the moonrise over Mt. Hood one day before the Aug. 21 full blue moon.


Shot from the Pittock Mansion in Portland's west hills during another PDX Nightowls photo meet-up. Thanks again to Victor for arranging it, and to The Photographers Ephemeris that showed the moon would line up for this shot precisely here.


Processed to bring out the alpenglow-lit glaciers on Hood and the lunar surface details.




*Edit: Recently (as of the end of Nov. '12), there has been a some questioning the "reality" of this image, due to their being some tell-tale adjusted pixels around the moon. As detailed with images in the comments to the right, I took a wider shot with the moon balanced just like this, and then a minute and 7 seconds later I took a vertical that was zoomed in and had more detail, but the moon had risen about half the moons size to the right. In full disclosure I have Photoshopped the moon "back in time" to it's position at the tip of Hood where I had photographed it in the wider, less detailed shot.


I realize with the number of views and the Tumblr blogging (see below) it was bound to attract this kind of scrutiny. Hopefully you don't feel deceived if you viewed this before the clarification. I don't really feel this is faked, as all the elements come from within the image as shot, and if I has shot the tighter frame a minute earlier I would have gotten this exact view and alignment all in camera.


The editing story is now told and thankfully my photostream can move on...


*Thanks to the Tumblr folks for the huge number of views and re-shares of this image. I was not the person to post this originally to Tumblr, and it would maybe have been nice to have been asked if it was okay to. But most of you are respectful enough include the link here to the original image, so I guess continue to Tumblr away...

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Taken on August 30, 2012