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David A. Bliss

Would love some opinions

This is a shot of the full moon rising over downtown Denver. It is two pictures layered, one exposed for the city, the other exposed for the moon. I would love to hear some opinions on this shot.

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8/22/2005 7:01:09 PM

Michelle Lea  Guinn
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/3/2004
  I would Have to say..... GORGEOUS!!!! mlg~

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8/22/2005 7:38:27 PM

Alisha L. Ekstrom
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8/22/2005 7:43:48 PM

Sharon  Day
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  It gets my vote!!!

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8/22/2005 7:54:14 PM

Kerby Pfrangle
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  David I love this it is beautiful.

Excellent job. Kerby

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8/22/2005 7:58:29 PM

Jennifer S
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/9/2004
  Yes I agree! FANTASTIC photo!!

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8/22/2005 7:59:25 PM

Nicole Kessel   Wow! Excellent work, David!

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8/22/2005 9:58:55 PM

David A. Bliss   Thank you all for you wonderful comments! I appreciate it very much.

This was my first real attempt at layering in a properly exposed moon into a shot. It is over the moon in the original picture (a little larger than the original moon, just a touch), which I think is what makes the lighting on the clouds look good, it is the actual backlighting of the moon. I did have to dodge the layered moon a little, to brighten it up. The layered moon was a little too orange, and didn't look right.

I am happy with the comp lines in this shot, for the most part. The moon is on the upper right third, and there is a line of third at the top of the shot (the cloudless sky), which gives nice balance to the top. I also like the bridge holding the lower third, and adding nice weight to the bottom of the frame. One other detail that I like are the 3 street lights I the lower left hand corner. I think that works to draw the eye in, which then follows the bridge into the shot, up the buildings and to the moon. Actually, the other way around, probably. The first thing noticed is probably the moon! ;-) But, the point being that nothing is pulling the eye out of the shot. I am concerned with the amount of clutter at the bottom. I cloned out a very obvious yellow street sign, but I am curious if anyone feels the bottom is too busy. Also, should the exposure be a bit higher? I didn't want the front of the buildings to be too lit up, which might give a weird feeling to the shot, because the mind is saying this should be backlit because the moon is behind the buildings. Maybe just bump the saturation a touch? What do you think?

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8/24/2005 10:58:00 AM

Dr Silly
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/28/2004
  Perfect leave it alone.

Coming from me who knows not a thing.

Dr Silly :o )
Oh yes great piece of work.

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8/24/2005 12:17:08 PM

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