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How to Shoot the Moon

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
Moonrise.

Photo taken on February 19, 2011.

Reality Check: Most of the time, you can’t take a properly exposed photograph of the moon and the landscape/seascape being illuminated by the moon at the same time. If you expose for the foreground, the moon will be blown out and appear white. If you expose for the moon, the foreground will be much too dark. The answer is to take two separate photographs then use a photo editor like Adobe Photoshop CS5 or Gimp to copy and paste the moon from the properly exposed moon picture into the properly exposed foreground picture. This may seem like cheating but it is done all the time. The moon in the photograph on the right was copy and pasted from another photo. I then used¬†Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to convert the photo to a Cyanotype. There are very few times that the moon and foreground can be exposed properly in the same photograph. During the recent moonrise of the “super moon” the lighting was perfect because sunset was about fifteen minutes before moonrise.¬† Click to continue »