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295. Mr Armstrong's Footprint and the Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Cloud

2009.09.07
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If you look very closely at the picture you can see where Neil Armstrong stood. No really, you can (it's marked if you hover the curser over it). You can't see any footprints or anything, but you can see the sea. The Sea of Tranquility.

Anyway, what I was trying to do was capture a picture of the moon with the quite striking cloud that was all around it (or to be more precise all around us). My experiment was a total and abject failure. If I had sufficient exposure to see the clouds, the moon was far too bright and blurry. If the exposure on the moon was correct, the clouds could not be seen. I expect I could have done it using HDR or some Gimp trick with multiple exposures, but I just wanted to do it without too much post processing. The nearest I got was by under exposing the shot and then lightening it afterwards, but this made the clouds look awful.

So here is my picture as I settled for it. The clouds are there, but you'll have to take my word for it.

PS - Great these all black photos, they upload in seconds!
11 Comments
onlyricky XD
the lower quality they are (i mean the MB) the faster it uploads;)
usually digital cameras take pics with 1 or 2 MB, pro cameras more than 2 MB, and my phone 1MB or less
LOL
so it is kinda faster if there is no colors, it makes the picture lower ;)
Nice shot! we love moon!
onlyricky · 2009-09-07: 18:52
smbunation It's interesting that you bring this up - the idea of shooting the moon with clouds around it - I was walking my dogs the past few nights and noticed a similar scene around too. I wanted to shoot it but could not get my camera in time. I imagine it's tough, but will still try. Nice capture nevertheless.
smbunation · 2009-09-08: 01:01
gonia very nice to watch and to read, sometimes I print your writting like photobook, BTW - spider from my bathroom made this night beautifull web and we can't enter it!may be you will come to me and make a beautifull picture of it and its masterpiece.
gonia · 2009-09-08: 01:22
Ryana I tried many times the same, with the same result ... ;o)
Ryana · 2009-09-08: 02:57
jet28 Interesting experiment - very nice result!
jet28 · 2009-09-08: 03:44
revenant GREAT CLOUDS! AWESOME NIMBUS!

No, seriously, that's a flawless moon, you'll have to be content with that. Now, I wonder if Mr Schultz appreciated the image...
revenant · 2009-09-08: 04:56
nikito Very nice!!!
nikito · 2009-09-08: 08:35
lookagain I so admire people who can get fantastic moon shots such as this one....never mind the clouds....it's great!!
lookagain · 2009-09-08: 10:38
dontblink I can't even get a good shot at the moon. I like it.
dontblink · 2009-09-08: 13:23
????? Yep, it aint easy, but this one is still great though
????? · 2009-09-08: 21:28
thebronzebow I'm going to post my attempt as well. It's like we have one hive mind... ;)
Of course without a good telephoto its a given that it will be completely different. As to your problem, I'm not sure what the solution is. Probably why I keep trying to do it. :)
thebronzebow · 2009-09-09: 10:58
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