Shooting the Moon

by Raymond Rundelli March. 31, 2019 231 views

Ever since taking up digital photography as a hobby I have been mildly obsessed with taking photos of the moon. Ten years in and I still mostly struggle. Oddly, or perhaps not, the images I like best seem to be of the moon taken during daylight. Often the moon just incidentally presents itself as part of larger subject matter and sometimes it is the deliberate subject of a shot. I just got back from one of those much mused about by photographers "trip of a lifetime" vacations— a nearly three week trip to Iceland and Norway. The trip earned that title both by the enormous adventure and pleasure it produced for my wife and me and by the shocking way in which the vacation portion of the trip ended (an airlift by helicopter for more 400 people was involved). In any event, the moon ended up sneaking into more than a few photos taken on this trip, seriously influencing the light in many others, and, as with this image, playing a starring role. I don't work in black and white much, and I sometimes think it is a last resort when color processing of an image doesn't pan out the way I want. The color processing of this image came out fine but I believe it lacks dramatic impact so I started playing around with ways to juice up the image. I am still working on a highly stylized color version of this image and have run into an issue that I will have to do some Photoshop learning about in order to solve but in the meantime I was particularly pleased with how the image played out in black and white. So here it is. More photos from the "trip of a lifetime" will get posted over coming months hopefully as I wade through the many, many images captured on the trip.

The Moon in Black and White, taken March 16, 2019 from a ship in the Norwegian Sea north of Bergen and south of Alta.  Panasonic Lumix G9 with Lumix 100-300 @ 100mm (efov 200mm), f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, 0.00ev.

The Moon in Black and White, taken March 16, 2019 from a ship in the Norwegian Sea north of Bergen and south of Alta. Panasonic Lumix G9 with Lumix 100-300 @ 100mm (efov 200mm), f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 200, 0.00ev.

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