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06/19/2018 08:18:39 AM · #1
photographing the moon and moonlit landscapes

I think this would be an​ excellent challenge for dpl. It looked like a really great article (just skimmed it so far).

A great chance to play with techniques.
06/19/2018 08:19:53 AM · #2
Why are there funky letters in my post? It looks normal when I edit it....?
06/19/2018 08:25:14 AM · #3
Originally posted by vawendy:

Why are there funky letters in my post? It looks normal when I edit it....?


Apparently you've inserted a zero-width space: //www.codetable.net/decimal/8203

Message edited by author 2018-06-19 08:25:31.
06/19/2018 10:55:46 AM · #4
Originally posted by vawendy:

Why are there funky letters in my post? It looks normal when I edit it....?


I've seen that if you used an emoji on cell phone and the web browser doesn't recognize it...

Anyway, I'm down for this challenge now that I'm rid of my old noise machine (D200)... :)
06/19/2018 12:43:34 PM · #5
This sounds interesting...but could we include Moonless (Milky Way)? I know itís the opposite and it would depend on when the challenge is posted...grin
06/19/2018 12:45:56 PM · #6
Originally posted by Ja-9:

This sounds interesting...but could we include Moonless (Milky Way)? I know itís the opposite and it would depend on when the challenge is posted...grin


Both are fine, but please if they get used do not include them in the DPL. Access to skies that can take advantage of this are near impossible in the northeast in many areas (light pollution) and to restrict it to a one week challenge would make it even more difficult to impossible for many.

Message edited by author 2018-06-19 12:47:57.
06/19/2018 12:56:25 PM · #7
Originally posted by JakeKurdsjuk:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

This sounds interesting...but could we include Moonless (Milky Way)? I know itís the opposite and it would depend on when the challenge is posted...grin


Both are fine, but please if they get used do not include them in the DPL. Access to skies that can take advantage of this are near impossible in the northeast in many areas (light pollution) and to restrict it to a one week challenge would make it even more difficult to impossible for many.


Yes, but if itís Moonlit...noise pollution wouldnít matter...just curious Jake where you are...Iíve done lighthouses with the moon and even lakes...Iíll admit you need low LP as possible for Moonless...and some kind of interesting foreground...
06/19/2018 12:59:34 PM · #8
We did Night Sky III about a year ago ... unless there's a specific desire to have the Moon included, the more generic "night sky" is likely to afford more opportunities to make a creative image.

There will still be a challenge every week during the DPL season which will have a two-week submission period and not count toward DPL scoring.
06/19/2018 01:03:16 PM · #9
Originally posted by GeneralE:

There will still be a challenge every week during the DPL season which will have a two-week submission period and not count toward DPL scoring.


Understood, and I'm lobbying that if you're going to do it during DPL that it's the non-DPL challenge.
06/19/2018 01:11:38 PM · #10
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Originally posted by JakeKurdsjuk:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

This sounds interesting...but could we include Moonless (Milky Way)? I know itís the opposite and it would depend on when the challenge is posted...grin


Both are fine, but please if they get used do not include them in the DPL. Access to skies that can take advantage of this are near impossible in the northeast in many areas (light pollution) and to restrict it to a one week challenge would make it even more difficult to impossible for many.


Yes, but if itís Moonlit...noise pollution wouldnít matter...just curious Jake where you are...Iíve done lighthouses with the moon and even lakes...Iíll admit you need low LP as possible for Moonless...and some kind of interesting foreground...


I'm near the Delaware Water Gap, so sure, I've got places I could go to for either. But I've experienced more than my fair share of atmospheric phenomena or night sky activities that were thwarted by either weather or a glow on the horizon. For example I spent 2 months preparing for a Super Moon, using the Photographer's Ephemeris app to make sure that I would be in the perfect position to get the moon rising next to the perfect object to set it against, only to have a clear sky turn cloudy 10 minutes before moonrise. Then the total eclipse this past summer we had a cloud bank come in 1 minute before the maximum eclipse visible in our area and stay for 15 which screwed me on the time series I was doing.

I'm just saying that it's a crap shoot even for the most prepared photographer, which is why I believe it would be an injustice to put it as a part of the DPL when there's only one weekend where you might want to go out to a place where you can make a photo like that more than just a view of a backyard or something.
06/19/2018 01:26:17 PM · #11
Originally posted by JakeKurdsjuk:

Originally posted by GeneralE:

There will still be a challenge every week during the DPL season which will have a two-week submission period and not count toward DPL scoring.


Understood, and I'm lobbying that if you're going to do it during DPL that it's the non-DPL challenge.

I agree with you -- that's why I noted that it could be run during DPL without being a part of DPL ...

Bummer about the eclipse ...
06/19/2018 01:26:50 PM · #12
No one can plan for Mother-Natures interference for sure. And given how spread out our team is. (UK /FL/PA/WA/UT) someone should get ďsomethingĒ...

As you said the best laid out plans can head south given the wrong weather conditions.

Iím just hoping for interesting subjects for DPL vs obscure...lol
06/19/2018 01:30:54 PM · #13
Originally posted by Ja-9:

Iím just hoping for interesting subjects for DPL vs obscure...lol

"That's the plan ..." :-)
06/19/2018 01:48:46 PM · #14
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by Ja-9:

Iím just hoping for interesting subjects for DPL vs obscure...lol

"That's the plan ..." :-)


Phew!!!
06/19/2018 06:09:04 PM · #15
I would try this in spite of the fact I'm in a kind of photographic sabbatical right now. Great suggestion Janine!
06/19/2018 06:21:13 PM · #16
Originally posted by digifotojo:

I would try this in spite of the fact I'm in a kind of photographic sabbatical right now. Great suggestion Janine!


Janine!?!

Janine, are you taking credit for my stuff again?! :P

Message edited by author 2018-06-19 18:21:30.
06/19/2018 06:22:14 PM · #17
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by digifotojo:

I would try this in spite of the fact I'm in a kind of photographic sabbatical right now. Great suggestion Janine!


Janine!?!

Janine, are you taking credit for my stuff again?! :P


Never have!!!! Lol
06/19/2018 09:19:26 PM · #18
I'm not a fan of the topic, but I'll try to shoot for it, if it has to happen. Ha!
06/19/2018 10:38:45 PM · #19
My apology to Wendy who suggested the idea (not Janine). I've enjoyed shooting by moonlight over the years.. you can do so much once you get used to the shutter speeds and settings required for moonlit nights. Also perfect time of year for this.
06/19/2018 10:56:46 PM · #20
Originally posted by digifotojo:

My apology to Wendy who suggested the idea (not Janine). I've enjoyed shooting by moonlight over the years.. you can do so much once you get used to the shutter speeds and settings required for moonlit nights. Also perfect time of year for this.


I was just teasing Janine. :D

I was excited to see the article, because even though I really enjoy shots with the moon, and got one incredible moonlit shot ages ago,I just never think about doing it. So it would be a fun thing to try.

As to extending it to night sky, I'd rather not. Northern lights and milky way shots would win things hands down. The moon is something that's more of a common denominator for everyone to play with.

I realize that you can get shut out with rainy weather, but really, you can come up with that argument for any challenge topic.
06/19/2018 10:58:11 PM · #21
Originally posted by vawendy:

Originally posted by digifotojo:

My apology to Wendy who suggested the idea (not Janine). I've enjoyed shooting by moonlight over the years.. you can do so much once you get used to the shutter speeds and settings required for moonlit nights. Also perfect time of year for this.


I was just teasing Janine. :D

I was excited to see the article, because even though I really enjoy shots with the moon, and got one incredible moonlit shot ages ago,I just never think about doing it. So it would be a fun thing to try.

As to extending it to night sky, I'd rather not. Northern lights and milky way shots would win things hands down. The moon is something that's more of a common denominator for everyone to play with.

I realize that you can get shut out with rainy weather, but really, you can come up with that argument for any challenge topic.

But that's why I like dpc - getting us out of our comfort zone. Seriously: how many people spend a lot of time taking pictures of their left foot??!
06/20/2018 06:03:46 AM · #22
Anyone eager to shoot the moon or any moonlit landscape can do so in the current Late Night Boredom challenge. No need to make it a separate challenge.
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