Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Moonrise, Northern Boulevard
I was driving east along Northern Boulevard, on the way to my astronomy club meeting, and saw this magnificent astronomical scene - moonrise. It was particularly stunning because the moon was rising directly over the highway. It took maybe four seconds to pull the car over and stop. I needed a tripod because the exposure was too long for being hand-held. Want to know the secret to this photograph? OK. So in the main exposure of the scene, the moon is so bright that the moon was just a bright white circle. So I switched to manual exposure, and underexposed the scene in another photo, which then showed detail in the surface of the moon. Then I used Photoshop to carefully combine both images. When I worked for the newspaper, this kind of work was forbidden. But I don't work for the newspaper any more. I can do whatever I want!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:49 PM