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Rising triplets (under the rules)
Rising triplets (under the rules)
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Challenge: The Moon (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Olympus E-510
Location: Lisboa
Date: Jan 5, 2010
Aperture: F9
ISO: 100
Shutter: 5m + 3X uncap 1/50s
Galleries: Nature, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jan 5, 2010

Taken on a tripod with a Tamron 300mm F5.6 from 1972 (the year I was born).

The exposure was a little over 5 minutes and every 2m:30s I would remove the cap and put it back on. This movement needed to be done very quickly otherwise the moon would move/overexpose. I used F9 and a polariser to reduce the exposure which I estimate to be around 1/50s. Unbelievably the exposure was very consistent in the three imprints.

Another element involved was a lot of LUCK. My phone (used for timing) was running on a flat battery and so was the camera. After my second attempt it came off just after the noise reduction finished and before I could preview the picture. 2 minutes later the sky was overcast for good...

Post processing was limited (and I believe it would comply with the Simple Editing):
Image was rotated around 180 for the lighting to be consistent with a rising movement, desaturated to remove some very slight aberration, black level was pulled a lot to darken deep space and higlights were retained. Finally a white border was added as I feel the picture benefits from the framing.

Here is the second and only other attempt://farm3.static.flickr.com/2625/4249290365_424a6fa90f_o_d.jpg
It's almost unbelievable as the exposures can be so consistent (even though #2 is very slightly more exposed than the others). This time, the uncapping was done around 1m50s apart so the moons look closer.

I had previuosly considered (and submitted a highly constrasted and highly saturated) picture of the moon which showed the different mineral composition of the moon surface but decided it wasn't as interesting: //farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4249313391_e6f6e69cf9_o_d.jpg
Taken with a Sigma 400mm F5.6 @ F8.
Tripod shot with 3s delay mirror lockup.
Focused with Live View magnification at 10x.
Levels were adjusted to gain contrast.
Color was saturated to reveal the true color of the moon surface.

Statistics
Place: 6 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.4306
Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.9750
Avg (non-participants): 6.5062
Views since voting: 2516
Views during voting: 597
Votes: 281
Comments: 28
Favorites: 7 (view)


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01/26/2010 08:05:46 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Congrats on a top ten finish and for producing an image that left many scratching their heads as to how it was done. Very clever use of the lens cap! Amazing detail, great exposure and the pp is adequate and not overdone, ie it isn't readily apparent.

So I am having a tough time picking this image apart looking for flaws, so I'll quit while I'm ahead :-) Composition adds interest and dynamism, especially as it does look cloned in.

Thanks for giving me the chance to critique this wonderful image.

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

Susan
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01/16/2010 03:32:17 PM
Originally posted by Citadel:

On the one hand, you let the voter know that you did this under the rules. On the other hand it could almost seem like a challenge. Its also supposed to be assumed that your submission is under the rules.

I know, but I came recently from dpreview where most of the times, the challenge hosts don't actively enforce the rules, which in the end turns into sour votes when the voters suspect a rules violation.

BTW I did had to provide the RAW file, so my feeling that people would suspect this was was a clone job wasn't that far from reality.
Originally posted by Citadel:

All in all this is a great image. Congrats on your new Personal Best and first top 10 image!

Thanks! It was a great feeling!
01/15/2010 10:48:55 AM
Wow...very nicely done. Great idea. I kinda figured you covered up the lens but I was looking forward to seeing how you did this. I am of mixed opinion on the title. On the one hand, you let the voter know that you did this under the rules. On the other hand it could almost seem like a challenge. Its also supposed to be assumed that your submission is under the rules.

All in all this is a great image. Congrats on your new Personal Best and first top 10 image!
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01/13/2010 03:34:20 PM
Well, I thought that you had moved the camera, but how else could they be so perfectly spaced apart?
Great thinking and a very ingenious way of doing it, congratulations on your new personal best.

Estamos fortes :-D
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01/13/2010 07:09:22 AM
Very clever and very well done!
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01/13/2010 03:11:31 AM
Ahhh, so this was yours! Nice work Duarte, very professional, clean and sharp - got an 8 from me.

Portugal está forte esta semana. :-)
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01/13/2010 12:14:24 AM
Thanks for sharing your story how you took this photo. Nice work! Great photo too!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2010 11:14:50 PM
Very clever idea. Love the details you captured.
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01/12/2010 07:21:23 PM
Ha! Validated anyway. Really good.
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01/12/2010 08:44:21 AM
Well done, they look related, but not like siamese triplets - more interesting.
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01/11/2010 09:37:44 PM
Wow! Looks the detail!
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01/11/2010 01:51:59 PM
beautiful images, very clean and well defined craters. Although, I'm confused about the 3 moons in regards to the rules. Hope it doesn't get DQ'd, it's a great image.
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01/10/2010 10:14:28 PM
Great detail! Not voting.
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01/10/2010 03:36:02 PM
good use of the time lapse.
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01/09/2010 09:33:40 PM
NICE!!!!!
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01/08/2010 09:36:24 AM
Great definition, and congratulations on pulling off the exact same exposure on each, it's very hard :)
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01/07/2010 11:37:40 PM
ok
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01/07/2010 11:02:55 PM
lol..Great shot, nice comp, 10
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2010 10:04:06 PM
One of my two favorites of the challenge. Nicely done.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/07/2010 08:48:29 PM
Fantastic concept and execution. I like the rotation on this.
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01/07/2010 12:30:00 AM
Lovely shot but the image is in the wrong phase for the challenge, so this image has to be an image of another image, perfectly legal, but it will garner a lower score than if you had used an image of a full or near full moon. Well done, but for that.
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01/06/2010 03:05:12 PM
The photo is terrific. Crisp, well focused and captured. The title probably doesn't give viewers/voters enough credit.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/06/2010 10:26:16 AM
I was going to do this (never saw the moon during the challenge entry), except with a landscape shot and about 5 shots of the moon with the "manual shutter". Very nicely done!
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01/06/2010 07:19:07 AM
I'm glad to see that some entries are different from the average moon photograph. This is one of them.
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01/06/2010 06:56:28 AM
nice work & graphic work
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01/06/2010 06:47:53 AM
This is awesome, great idea (I assume you just cover the lens in between a single exposure) .... it's surprising the moon moves so much in 5 minutes
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01/06/2010 05:07:29 AM
Exceptionally sharp.. great..
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01/06/2010 03:55:47 AM
nice effect...how did u do it ?
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