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Super Moon

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Nikon D800 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VRII | 1/2 sec, f/2.8, ISO 100

The moon passed awfully close to the Earth over the weekend, and we found ourselves over 200 miles north of home on a gig the night we saw it rise over the horizon, bigger and brighter than I’ve ever seen it before. As the sun set and the sky darkened, we quickly looked for a place to pull over and nab a few frames.

The problem, however, was that there was a beautiful sunset over a mountain range to the west, but the moon was rising to the east. At this point, the rock was all by itself in the sky and any shot of it lacked context, so I thought I’d cheat a little. I turned on the D800‘s double exposure mode, spot metered on the moon, took one exposure. Spun the camera around, flipped back to matrix, second exposure of the hills and sun setting sky. The camera combined the two, and the result was pretty cool. I’d love to do this over San Francisco next time…

Written by Jonathan

May 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm

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  1. I missed it, glad you got it. I would have had to travel to far just to get a good rising shot. Glad you caught it.

    Jim Dell

    May 7, 2012 at 3:49 am

  2. Very cleverly done with the double exposure! :D I should try that out next time… thanks for the tip! :D

    JPanda

    May 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  3. We enjoyed gazing at the bright vivid moon the other night too. It was so amazingly bright! Thanks for sharing your photos!

    Michele Busch

    May 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm


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