A Dark And Stormy Night

© Gregory Summers

A Dark And Stormy Night

Uploaded: December 09, 2001


moonset on Sanitas Ridge


Dolores Neilson December 09, 2001

Gregory, I have been admiring your work ever since I discovered it at Field and Forest. I think that you produce some of the finest scene/landscape shots I have ever seen. What is your secret for this one? Are you using a telephoto? What ISO? When I attempted a moon shot similar to this, my moon was very tiny.

January 06, 2002

This is an amazing shot. Im very new to photography and I'm still pretty frightened of low light shots. Would you mind sharing what your film/shutter/apeture settings were for this shot? Thanks! #4494

Gregory Summers January 06, 2002

Well, this really isn't a low light shot - it was taken at sunrise and Ihave a few others from the same shoot. It is underexposed - the exacvt numerical setting, I don't know but here's how I did it. I took a spot meter reading off the moon. I stood on a ridge running parallel to this ridge about 400 feet away so with the 400mm lens DOF, while still a problem, was resolved by closing down the lens to around f11. I am attaching another shot from the same morning and I took a spot reading off the moon and then set the camera to over expose the moon by about 2 f-stops stillretaining detail and giving a different feel to the scene. I used a tripod - bogen and a pistol grip head and cable release. I find the moonsets are more intersting for me than moon rises - and in the location - it occurs about 2 days after the full moon. The important part of moon shots for me is to find a framing element and use a long lense to create the perspective of size between the trees and the moon - I am not one one for digital tricks when it comes to moon images. #4521

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