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Moonset   Featured in PhotoFlash #002
  Moonset
Moonset
The full moon setting on the Pacific at sunrise. Taken from the balcony of our motel room. Nikon N90, Nikon 70-210 zoom. Elitechrome 100.
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Ronnie Smith

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    Hi, Shirley. I'm from Toronto, Canada. I like this shot a lot.

11/2/2001 7:13:35 PM

 
Glenn Theal

member since: 7/30/2001
 

Hi, Shirley,

I too like this shot. However, I find the moon to be too bright and too sharp when compared to the rest of the image. It just doesn't seem to fit quite right.

I would like to see the image without the moon, or I would like to see it with the moon fogged or blurred and some of the contrast/brightness removed.

Cheers,
Glenn

11/2/2001 11:23:52 PM

 
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Thank you both. Glenn, this is the way the moon looked... there has been no digital manipulation, other than resizing for this venue. Remember, the full moon sets at the same time the sun rises and the moon is reflecting the light of the sun.

11/3/2001 8:24:57 PM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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FANTASTIC!! The range of blues, the textures in the surf, and the wisps of clouds across the moon. What a reward for an early riser! (With your skill). +Guy

11/3/2001 11:37:07 PM

 
Jaap Zuidersma

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Shirley,

What strikes me about this picture is the continuance of the wave patern in the clouds that drift in front of the moon. It's almost as if the big wave in front and some of the smaler ones in the back are reflected on the moon. About the sharpness af the moon, well nature presents itself in its own way.

I wonder what you can do whith a late night shot (smile).

11/4/2001 10:21:59 AM

 
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Thank you Guy and Jaap, for your enthusiastic comments.

11/4/2001 3:50:53 PM

 
Laura Johnson

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B E A U T I F U L !!!!

11/7/2001 7:17:28 AM

 
Shirley D. Cross
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Thank you so very much, Laura.

11/7/2001 4:53:40 PM

 
Brian Wiehn

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I really like this shot. I also like the way the moon is sharp it balances out the texture of waves at the bottom of the shot. Again a fantastic shot.

11/10/2001 12:23:46 AM

 
Shirley D. Cross
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Thank you very much, Brian.

11/10/2001 2:12:57 AM

 
Chuck 

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What was it Laura said ? oh yes.

B E A U T I F U L !!!!

D I T T O, D I T T O, D I T T O !

Chuck

11/14/2001 11:13:01 AM

 
Sue B

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First of all, I'd be proud to have taken this photograph. Secondly, I see there are different opinions about the moon; I have to agree with Glenn that the moon tries to take over the picture and distracts from those beautiful waves. I know you said that was how the moon looked, with no digital manipulation, so here's my question. Did it look like that "in person" or could it have brightened up with the camera's exposure? I think it's a wonderful photo, but esp in the larger view of the picture, I blocked out the moon with my hand to see the waves better. (This "discussion" is mostly for my own sake - how to expose the moon to keep it muted - can it be done?)

11/25/2001 10:08:20 AM

 
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Hi Sue. Yes, it would be possible to artificially mute the moon, perhaps with a graduated neutral density filter, but why would you want to? The moon is the SUBJECT of the photo. If I wanted only the wave patterns, that is what I would have taken. The bright, golden, setting moon is what makes this photo special. If you were taking a sunset, would you want to MUTE the sun...not really, you might want to even your exposure. so that the foreground does not black out. However, this photo has a perfectly exposed foreground, so that is not a problem here.

Shirley

11/25/2001 5:37:32 PM

 
Ronnie Smith

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Hi again Shirley. I'm Ronnie from Toronto, Canada. Your first response - your 100% right. Don't touch it - looks beautiful, it adds contrast, my dear.

11/25/2001 6:31:49 PM

 
Shirley D. Cross
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Thank you, Ronnie!

11/25/2001 6:39:22 PM

 
Sue B

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Hi Shirley - Thanks for the idea of using a graduated filter! They say that art is subjective; possibly my reaction to your photo came from living where I do. I see the moon all the time, and never get to see waves! Also had an insight when you asked if I would want to mute the sun in a picture of a sunset, and my response was "yes, probably" as I would be more interested in the lighting in the surrounding clouds. My question wasn't meant to insult your picture - like I said, I'd be proud to have taken it. I was just wanting to learn more about how to achieve different effects with different exposures.

11/26/2001 8:09:01 AM

 
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Thank you, Sue... I'm not insulted.

11/26/2001 6:50:53 PM

 
Charisse Baldoria

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I do like this photo very much to the point that it's been my computer wallpaper for about a month now. I think it's perfectly lovely; to me, the moonshine is a pleasant unexpected accent. it may be brighter than the rest and may nudge your sense of balance a little bit; but like other unexpected gestures, like in Beethoven's music, for example, it jars you a little bit and makes the artwork more interesting. the treatment of this little element just completely changes the meaning of the entire work, compared to if it had not been thus treated. if there were no such moonlight and only smooth waves, the picture will have a different character altogether--maybe lacking in tension, in my opinion.

12/10/2001 10:54:33 PM

 
Crystal Sadler

member since: 7/31/2001
 

Very nice!
Bravo Zulu!
CRYSTAL SADLER

12/11/2001 12:45:10 AM

 
Shirley D. Cross
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Thank you so much, Charisse. Such wonderful compliments! And thank you, Crystal!
Shirley

12/11/2001 4:35:00 PM

 
David D

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Hi Shirley,
This is one of the greatest picture as I see at this site. Did you try shot as Horizontal format at that time. If you did, how does it look? I feel that it might looks better.
Over all it is a perfect picture.
David

12/11/2001 9:57:00 PM

 
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Thank you, David. Yes, I did several shots of this, both vertical and horizontal. As the moon went down, it began to look like a UFO.

Shirley

12/13/2001 1:19:54 AM

 
Marie 

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Hi Shirley, I think your photo is outstanding. I am brand new to 35mm photography and hope to be able to take some photos of this calibre soon.
Marie

12/13/2001 7:20:28 PM

 
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Thank you, Marie.

Shirley

12/13/2001 8:24:47 PM

 
David D

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Hi Shirley,
It's me, David D again.
That is not too good, Moon become a UFO! The reason I was interesting in a horizontal format is that it must have more spaces for the ocean part. Since you took the exposure reading by the Moon, (as I saw from your pic.) In a horizontal format picture, a part of image would be darker, while another part of picture where the wart directly under the Moon would be brighter. And may be you got some Moon light refection there. So it would have more contrast and more texture. Well, here I am assuming that in the horizontal picture you would put the Moon at the corner of the picture, instead of at the center.
Accidentally, today I just saw your another picture, which is a portrait of a woman in the blue lights. I looked photographer's name, It was your name again! It seems to me that your works are very outstanding at this web site, as far as I concern. (By the way, I only visited this web site twice. But twice, your pictures made my eyes stop there. Great Job!!!)

12/15/2001 2:49:18 AM

 
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Hi David, nice to hear from you again, and Thank you! Actually, in my horizontal photos, I try NOT to center the moon...it is much more interesting off-center. And by the time the moon has set this low, you cannot see a light trail on the water, and the faint sunlight from the rising sun (which shows on the waves) counters the moonlight. When the is higher, and before the sun comes up, you can see the light trail. Also, it makes no difference in the exposure whether the photo is vertical or horizontal, because I meter what is best for the entire photo.

12/15/2001 5:01:42 PM

 
David D

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Hi Shirley,
It is interesting to talk you, and glad to hear from you.
I think we have a similar thought about the horizontal format image in terms of composition. AS I said ¡°I am assuming you would put the Moon at the CORNER of the image, INSTEAD OF at the center¡±. Too bad it did not work out. I don¡¯t photograph landscape picture very much. (Almost 5 years from now, I haven¡¯t shot any landscape). But when I did at that time, I prefer use horizontal format or square format. For only one reason ---- MARKETING. And vertical or square formats for portrait most of time. (Most of my portraits are studio work). As a piece of artwork I like to use square format for the image. It makes the image look much more elegant. Well, this is my personal preference only.
David D

12/16/2001 12:14:14 PM

 
Geoffrey T. Wallace

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Hi Shirley:

I think the moon makes the picture much stronger. I too tried cropping it out with my hands and the picture loses a lot of its interest that way. Its a wonderful image.

12/17/2001 6:29:49 PM

 
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Thank you, Geoff.
Shirley

12/18/2001 12:16:32 AM

 
Janett Gomez

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What a beautiful picture! All I can say is it takes my breath away...

1/16/2002 3:21:13 AM

 
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Thank you very much, Janett!

Shirley

1/16/2002 5:18:15 PM

 
Dee Wooten

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WOW! That moon just pops out of that picture with all of those beautiful blue hues surrounding it. I LOVE IT!! That's incredible!

 
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Thank you very much, Dee!

 
Dee Basinger

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I wouldn't change a thing. It's a fantastic photo, worthy of gallery consideration.

1/4/2004 7:25:04 AM

 
Dee Wooten

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One more thing...If I were standing on that beach at the same time you took the picture, it's the moon I would be gazing at. Of course you want to capture on film what captures your eye. If we all saw things the same way, we wouldn't have such a beautiful variety of pictures to share with others. I enjoy them all, but some really captivate me as yours did.

1/4/2004 9:26:16 AM

 
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Wow. Thank you so very much, Dee.

1/4/2004 3:24:58 PM

 
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