While outside I saw the moon in the branches of my monster cottonwood. I thought it was worthy of a shot, but I had to wait for warmer light.
So a little later the better light arrived, and I went to work.
The music for this page is “Eyes Open” by Snow Patrol. I first got into them in 2004 (“Final Straw”) and went right out and got their 2006 effort. A lot of you remember “Chasing Cars” as their big hit off this CD, but there are many others worth a listen. “Hands Open” asks your attention and “Make This Go On Forever” is an absolute must.
This was a difficult image to get. First off, the moon isn’t a stationary object. It was a real chore to keep my tripod-mounted D7100 framed correctly (especially at the goofy angle it was at). Next, there was a breeze that caused the branches to shake. A large handful of my attempts were soft because of that. Finally, getting both the branches and the moon in focus was very tricky. I used the largest aperture value I had and went for some hyper-focal stuff, by picking a focus point in between the distant moon, and the closer branches. It still left the moon somewhat soft, but not horrible (otherwise you wouldn’t be seeing it here).
I also had to do some post-processing work to get the colors where I wanted them; most specifically, adjusting the white balance. I was able to get the color and contrast I wanted and was still able to maintain the traces of the sun’s fading warmth on the branches. Yet another reason I am glad I shoot RAW.
Thanks to Nikon’s crappy shutter design, I had to take out several dust spots, because of my f/40 aperture choice. I knew they would be there the moment I picked f/40, and thankfully Photoshop’s Healing Brush cleared them.
image © Scott Woelm – April 2014