Jul 9, 2009 - Full moon over 96th St.

Note: this photo was published in a Jul 24, 2009 blog titled "Full moon." It was also published in a Dec 6, 2009 blog titled "The business world is full of two kinds of people—builders and traders." And it was published in a Dec 31, 2009 blog titled "Once in a Blue Moon: Be Sure to Look Up This New Year’s Eve."

 

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 29, 2010 blog titled "Friday Recap: Wolf Moon Edition," which discussed the "wolf moon" phenomenon that occurred on Jan 29th. Unfortunately, it had nothing to do with this photo -- which was taken roughly six months earlier. Indeed, I had considered photographing the "real" wolf moon, but by the time I became aware of it, it was already high in the sky and no longer interesting from a photographic perspective. Interestingly, it was also situated quite a lot further north than this particular photo -- in which the moon had risen right above 96th Street, and illuminated part of the entrance into Central Park...

 

Anyway, it was also published in a Jul 4, 2010 blog titled "Events for or Less Sunday." It was also published in an Oct 6, 2010 blog titled "Folklore Confirmed: The Moon's Phase Affects Rainfall (via @sciencenow)," and an Oct 29, 2010 blog titled "The Secret Behind Day Trading Software And a Reason to Use It." It was also published in a Nov 6, 2010 blog titled "Day Trading Software Along With the Perks of Technology," and a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "How to Select the Best Day Trading Software." It was also published in a Dec 8, 2010 blog titled "E mini S&P Index Trading Perfect Tool for Full-TIme Day-traders."

 

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an Apr 24, 2011 blog titled "Will you see a fuller moon tonight … or tomorrow?" And it was published in a Jul 14, 2011 blog titled "Understanding full moon," which was republished in a Jan 8, 2012 blog with the same title . It was also published in an Aug 29, 2011 blog titled "Day Software Stock Trading – Is Trading Software Right Choice For You?

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 11, 2012 Slate France blog titled "La Lune est-elle à la portée des entrepreneurs?" It was also published in a Sep 7, 2012 blog titled "Has the Moon created the world’s most enduring optical illusion?"

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Feb 25, 2013 blog titled "Understanding Full Moon."

 

Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a Mar 7, 2014 blog titled "Nightshift."

 

Note: A large percentage of my "landscape" photos (including the ones in this set) are now copyright-protected, and are not available for downloads and free use. You can view them here in Flickr, but if you would like prints, enlargements, framed copies, and other variations, please visit my SmugMug "NYC HDR" gallery by clicking here.

 

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These photos were taken a couple days after my first HDR efforts on the 4th of July weekend, in an attempt to get a decent image of the full moon rising over the east side of Manhattan, from the terrace of my apartment over on the Upper West SIde. Not particularly memorable or spectacular results, but it gave me a chance to experiment with some of the parameters and settings in the Photomatix program I'm using to merge/combine the HDR shots.

 

Full disclosure: in addition to the HDR shots, I also took some "traditional" shots of the full moon a little later, after it had risen higher in the sky; these were taken with a manual setting of f/11 and 1/250th second (as recommended by Scott Kelby, in his Digital Photography books). I then used Adobe Photoshop Elements to extract just the moon out of that photo, and pasted it into this HDR composition in a separate "layer", which I was then able to enlarge to a ridiculous extent.

 

The original HDR image had a much more interesting orange-colored moon ... but when I tried to blow it up to a larger size, using Photoshop, the edges were so rough and grainy that it was embarrassing. So I think I'll stick with this composite, for better or worse...

 

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I tried an HDR (high dynamic range) photo once a year ago, but for some reason never pursued it. But it seems that more of and more of the "interesting" photos that I see on Flickr are HDR shots, so I decided to give it another try. The initial set of photos were taken from the rooftop of my apartment building at sunset, on the Sunday evening of 4th of July weekend.

 

I still have a *lot* to learn about this stuff, but even as a first attempt I'm staggered by what the tonal-mapping software programs (Photomatix, in my case) are capable of doing...

  • Karen 6y

    I like this alot. Great work, Ed!
  • Ed Yourdon 6y

    Thanks!
  • Jonathan 6y

    Pretty cool! Reminds me of one of the opening panels from the Watchmen graphic novel! It's strikingly similar to it, actually! :)
  • JeanLZ 3y

    Wow!
  • JJ Daddy-O 3y

    Ha, I saw this on io9.com and instantly recognized it as 96th St. where I grew up.
  • Ed Yourdon 3y

    Yup. I live on 96th Street, and I was facing east -- toward Central Park -- when I took this shot. I wasn't aware of the ion.com publication of the photo; thanks for spotting it and bringing it to my attention!
  • denasmi 2y

    Love this shot Ed! I tried to capture a beautiful full moon a few nights ago, but nothing came close to this! I used your photo in a blog post today ibliving.com/blog/trouble-sleeping/ Thank you!
  • Ed Yourdon 2y

    denasmi,

    Yeah, that photo turned out well -- though my notes for the photo describe all of the "cheating" that took place in order to get the results. Most of my other efforts to take good moon photos have been frustratingly unsuccessful...

    Anyway, I'm glad the photo worked well in your blog posting...
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