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Calling out all werewolves!
Calling out all werewolves!

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Portugal
Date: Jan 28, 2010
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Shutter: 203s
Galleries: Cityscape, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Jan 29, 2010

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Same technique as before, this time swapping lenses from my 70-300mm :) with the 18-105mm. So I got one photo with the long end of 300mm and the wide end with 18mm!!
Then it was just placing the moon with trial and error. I got lucky with the reflection, it was naturally occurring in the river.
Kudos to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' levyj413 for the excellent tutorial, and my hat of to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31.gif', '/') + 1) . ' EntertainMe for this ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/907/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_710905.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/0-999/907/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_710905.jpg', '/') + 1) . ', and having the idea before I did.

Post challenge:
Ok, so just to give a little more as to the exact steps to make this swapping:
First, use the 18mm lens, and compose the shot. Focus everything, and use as most of the physical part of the body to re-compose the shot afterwards (I used the flash shoe and tip of the lens hood). Don't touch the focus ring, as you remove the lens.

Next, put on the 300mm lens, aim it at the moon, remember in your head the position of the first picture, so you can place the moon on the right place (this required 4 or 5 shots just to get the placing right).

Adjust the focus to the moon, and then use the black piece of cardboard as explained on the great tutorial above. Get a few shots just to check the exposure.

Now, everything is focused, put your cardboard in front of the lens, click the remote shutter on bulb and the photo has started. Swipe the cardboard to expose the moon. At this point, the other side of the cardboard should be in front.

Very carefully, put the lens cap on. Point the camera to a dark part of the background, pull a dark cloth over the camera (I used my black jacket), and remove the 300mm lens. Put it away safely, and get your 18mm lens.

Attach it to the camera, still with the black cloth on top (this is a bit dangerous, as if you're not careful you could scratch the back of the lens). When attached, re-compose the shot, using your physical guides as before.

Then, carefully, remove the lens cap, and let the exposure for a few seconds more (I think it was about 20s for mine) and you're done.
Seems a bit far-fetched, but I had to try it :P

Place: 37 out of 388
Avg (all users): 6.4906
Avg (commenters): 7.2308
Avg (participants): 6.3482
Avg (non-participants): 6.8298
Views since voting: 1923
Views during voting: 312
Votes: 159
Comments: 26
Favorites: 6 (view)

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02/10/2010 11:00:03 AM
Your technical achievement deserves applause, an astounding shot. Thanks for the explanation.
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02/10/2010 07:36:06 AM
I must say I would have voted this at least 3 votes over your first try:
' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1148/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_844350.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_challenge/1000-1999/1148/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_844350.jpg', '/') + 1) . ', so it's got to be a 10*.

I can't really understand how this one hasn't scored better than the first when it's so much better technically and astisticly.

Message edited by author 2010-02-10 07:36:29.
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02/08/2010 08:37:23 PM
Fascinating!! It took a couple of readings to understand how you did it, but now that I have it figure out, I may have to try it myself!! Congrats on an outstanding result and thanks so much for the explanation!!
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02/08/2010 08:13:59 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club!

Joao, what a stunning shot of the big bad wolf moon! Not surprised it was validated, with the moon that big, crisp and detailed.

The setup and lens swap during shooting, all without blurring the image - just great timing and an amazing technique, that clearly works great when done properly. The long exposure also adds a magnificent silky/icy texture to the water, and the soft blur around the bridge's lights adds to the scene instead of detracting.

Just highlights how small and insignificant we really are. Thank you for giving me the chance to critique a shot that should have placed much higher than it did. Great work!

Feel free to PM me with any questions,

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02/08/2010 05:27:59 PM
Woah! I would love to see the moon like that. Great shot!
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02/08/2010 09:01:58 AM
Ohmyheavens! How in the world did this only score a 6.49! That's ridiculous for a photo like this! Wow!

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02/08/2010 08:19:17 AM
Well executed.
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02/08/2010 07:10:49 AM
Thanks for the explanation!!! I'm definitely trying this soon!!! =)
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02/08/2010 06:50:42 AM
Hey this is awesome! can you better explain how you did the lens swapping to increase the moon size?? thanks!
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02/08/2010 04:58:54 AM
Wow... I'm doubly impressed now that I've read your comments. That's really brave of you to switch out lenses while the shutter is open!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 10:32:19 PM
This is my top pick, indubitably.
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02/07/2010 07:13:54 PM
The validation really brought this shot home for me. Amazing work. Would love to have a zoom like that! Stunning image.
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02/07/2010 03:12:44 PM
Wow - two phase exposure with zoom and use of lens cap?

Nicely done.
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02/07/2010 11:58:31 AM
This photo needs three wolves

Great pic! Remarkable clarity
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02/07/2010 01:13:24 AM
This photo has been validated....Cool!
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02/07/2010 12:00:13 AM
Moon seems a bit out of proportion but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt
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02/06/2010 07:46:37 PM
I knew there would be validation on this. I can't imagine what focal length you used for this. Wow!
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02/06/2010 07:26:38 PM
oh my word! that's awesome!
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02/06/2010 07:19:01 PM
NO WAY. Im just going to assume this is real. 10!
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02/06/2010 11:00:23 AM
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02/05/2010 12:15:51 AM
what an amazing picture...wow
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02/04/2010 12:44:47 AM
That moon is amazing.
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02/03/2010 01:04:51 PM
Gotta love that moon.
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02/02/2010 04:27:17 PM
Beautiful shot of that big old wolf moon. Nicely done.
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02/01/2010 08:20:59 PM
Is this real?
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02/01/2010 06:13:12 AM
no way...is that for real? if it is, it looks amazing
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