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Once in a blue Moon
Once in a blue Moon

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Challenge: The Moon II (Expert Editing)
Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Fort Totten
Date: Aug 29, 2012
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 25s
Date Uploaded: Aug 30, 2012

This shot was taken at Fort Totten, Queens NY. I was on my way out when the sun was completely set. The sky had some really nice blues so I used a cool w/b. The moon was shot about 2 hours later off of my balcony at f/11, 1/200s, 100 ISO and a cool w/b.

I first cropped the bridge pic to eliminate some of the foreground off to the left of the shot. Then I tweaked the exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, clarity, vibrance and saturation in Lightroom. Same adjustments were made to the moon. The 2 shots were then combined in photoshop. The moon was sized up, added its reflection, and added stars using layers.

The lens I used was the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR (I don't think it was listed on the site's selection menu). The shot was taken at 18mm.

Place: 14 out of 74
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Views since voting: 767
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 125
Comments: 7
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/09/2012 11:46:14 PM
Lovely. I feel like the moon's reflection is just a tad fake.. Nicely done none the less. Very pleasing image.
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09/09/2012 10:00:42 PM
The scene itself is very pretty. But I really feel the moon reflection just does not belong.
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09/09/2012 08:31:40 PM
Lovely blue tones and clarity and nice composition. I could do without the intruding branches. Voted earlier.
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09/04/2012 12:16:11 PM
Pretty scene. Unfortunately, the reflection's not below the moon and it's smaller, making it clear the moon wasn't really there.
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09/03/2012 09:43:50 PM
Lovely photograph. The sailboat in the middle adds to the feel of the composition. Very nice editing.
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09/03/2012 02:04:29 PM
Reflection failure... but otherwise a nice scene.
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09/03/2012 07:53:51 AM
Fab, right down to the subdued moon reflection.
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