Category Archives: Moon
This is the sort of photo that I feel like I purchased my professional quality zoom lens to get. it’s perhaps legitimate to say that it’s more than I can afford right now, but when everything comes together like this, I find it hard to care.
I don’t often do composites with my portraits, but in this case I felt like the image really needed a source for the light that otherwise inexplicably falls on my model. I dug out an old stock image I took of the moon several months and played around with various sizes for it, eventually deciding to go a bit over the top with the size. To be fair to me, the moon actually is positioned at the same spot in the sky, it’s just at a quarter instead of nearly full. Ultimately I felt an overly-large moon made more visual sense with the way the light plays softly over my subject – a smaller moon would have resulted in much sharper shadows.
There’s a lot not to like about this one. It’s badly out of focus, the lens was horribly dirty, and it’s over-exposed. Still, this was one of my first photographs with a true DSLR, my very first nighttime shot, and probably the very first to truly spark my imagination and explore the potential of photography beyond point and shoot, so this has a special place in my heart. I am still attracted to the symmetry of the moon and the streetlights.
For this rework, I pasted in a separate shot of the moon I took that same night to give some detail. However even with two years of experience I wasn’t able to get the coloring right on it. Back in the day I was really excited about the orange glow of the image, too much a novice to realize that color is what anyone would get. So this time I dialed way back on the orange and yellow, and also darkened the photo considerable, which helps in a small way to mask the focus problems.
Streetlight Of The Gods by Anthony Bopp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
OK, this one really IS one of my favorite photos from the session. It was also one of the first ones we took. We were out on the frozen lake, and while I was setting up a half hour before out shoot was scheduled to begin I saw the full moon sinking far too quickly toward the horizon. As quickly as I could I set something up and shot just the moon, and I confess that I Photoshopped it in to this picture. By the time our arranged session time began and the subject was actually on the lake, the moon was out of site.
This was also taken with a flash bouncing off a gold reflector, but I did adjust the tone back down into the blue range a bit. I also took advantage of the dark background to create a much darker vignette than I normally could get away with, to make sure that her face was lit more intensely. I was very pleased with the overall mood that I ended up with.
This looks like a photoshopped work because the moon isn’t really that color. In this case, though, it was precisely that color. Where I live we are in the midst of a drought (which is becoming more serious by the day – I’ve mowed once since the end of May). One of the results of such dry land is a lot of dust hanging in the air like haze, and it does interesting things to the early-evening moonrise.
I knew something like this would happen, and my mind raced feverishly with what possibilities existed for a foreground to put the moon in front of. No matter how large or unusually-colored, the moon by itself is kind of an uninteresting subject. It’s only by placing it in an environment that it becomes a good photograph.
I had a couple of ideas, but for one reason or another they fell through, so in a last-ditch effort of creativity, I got up on the roof of one of the taller buildings in town and decided on a city scape of the small town I’ve lived in for 30 years.
I’m not convinced this is one of my better efforts, but it was at least more challenging than it might appear to get this shot. The roof I was on wasn’t nearly as stable as I was planning on, and there was enough of a breeze at 9 MPH to give the camera some issues with stability. Since I was going for a tight aperture (for DOF) and long exposure, any vibration was an issue, and many of the shots came out blurred. This one isn’t perfect, but it’s close enough.
OK, Charles City is actually behind me and over my right shoulder in this shot, but I am lousy at thinking up names for my photos. I picked this shot up the morning I took the wind turbine picture. Moonset was 30 minutes before sunrise, so it was a great opportunity to get two shots when I expected to get only one. That means a lot when you are driving 90 miles to get it 🙂
I’m a little disappointed with this one as I didn’t get the focus right on the farm house. I feel like I should have been able to do better even though there was low light. I should have been able to get enough depth of field at that distance to compensate for not being able to see well enough to focus. I’m guessing the depth of field should have been at least a mile given my distance from the subject and the aperture setting. Oh well.
Yet one more of my night pictures. I liked the colors in this and the whole think has a kind of ethereal quality about it. It is badly out of focus and that’s why I have delayed posting it. But with nothing else in my backlog, and it likely being another week before I can do some serious photography, I thought I’d add this anyway and talk myself into believe the focus adds to the general feel of the image and that I actually planned it this way.
I was on my way home from my second job one evening when I happened to notice how bright the moon was, and made a note to myself to see if there wasn’t some interesting way I could frame it once I got home. Besides, it was another opportunity with my amazing quality, amazingly cheap, lens. I stepped outside my door and cast a skeptical eye Continue reading »