Earthglow

April 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

It's always a difficult balancing act when shooting the moon. It looks best with some detail retained but matters of its pace of movement, brightness & size within the scene each have to be factored in.

Like all celestial bodies, the moon traces its way quickly across the night sky meaning a short exposure time is essential to avoid it blurring. Thankfully, being bright, a short exposure time is possible. It's the surrounding darkness that complicates things. In this setting, for once I was glad of some low-level light pollution to reduce the contrast between moon and the ambient sky. I let the visible thin, waxing crescent overexpose whilst the earthglow (sunlight reflecting off the earth to illuminate the moon) took care of the details.

Exposure settings- ISO6400 at f/1.8 for 1.6 seconds


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