Blame it on the Moon

The clouds have started to clear and it's a full moon tonight. While walking the dogs I noticed this moon hiding behind the trees. A quick dash upstairs for the tripod and camera and I was all set and shooting.

This shot is actually three exposures layered in photoshop so that I could get both the moon detail and the leaf detail in the same shot.

The title, by the way, is a track by The Cruel Sea, from their album, The Honeymoon is Over.

This photo made it to #230 Explore for Nov 4th.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 4th November 2006, This photo: 9:40pm

Previous Photo: Cedar Creek


  • Maki_C30D said:

    great moon shot & fantastic silhouette!!
  • David de Groot said:
    That was quick Maria! Thanks :)
  • photo by Alison said:
    beautiful. Love the details. So did the dogs still get their walk???
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Alison, I was being euphemistic when I typed walk, but I guess yes is an appropriate answer ;-)
  • photo by Alison said:
    smile! :) good excuse to be out looking at the moon....
  • jacki-dee said:
    MMMMMmmmm in appreciation. Up in the middle of my night, watching clouds blow past my moon and without equipment to share it. Yours not only "will do" but is wonderful.
  • David de Groot said:
    That's true Alison. :)

    Thanks Jacki, thanks for dropping by.
  • Stephan Thies Photography said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • chalkie_colour_circles said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • Clearskies Images said:
    Nice work David.
  • pradip27 said:
    This is very imaginative and stunning.
  • said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • vlastik said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • Felix42 contra la censura said:
    I knew the Cruel Sea before they were famous, so yes, I approve! Great atmospheric shot, worth grabbing the tripod for :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Rachel :) I love that album, it's so cruisy, perfect for a lazy Sunday arvo on the veranda or as driving music. I've not met them personally, or been lucky enough to see them in concert, but they're fine musicians. The other album I have is Over Easy, also a great solid album.
  • Margot- said:
    Wow, a BEAUTFIFUL shot of the moon!
  • a777thunder said:
    Well done David, I looked at the moon to-night from a friends place and kicked myself for not bringing the camera along.

  • benefit of hindsight said:
    I love the image you created here, David ! So this is HDR too ? Then it is an example of HDR that I like !
  • gayheb said:
    Another beautiful photo. Great work. I love the mood of this one.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks everyone fropm Any HDR Any PS :)

    Kev, You went somewhere without a camera????? Didn't you feel naked, I know I would!

    Thanks Margot, it was beautiful in person too :)

    David, no, not HDR, just photoshop, and even then all I did was take the three exposures, turn them into layers, stack them and change the opacity of the upper two layers until the moon detail shone through without blow-outs and the leaves were still visible. The shot I took to get the crater detail had no leaves (short exposure), and the shot with the leaves had a pure white sky (no moon), the middle exposure had decent sky, some leaves, but the moon was too bright, however together they make a nice image :)
  • David de Groot said:
    Always the way, someone snuck in with another comment while I was typing ;-) Thanks Gayle 8D
  • susurrus_sparks said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • borealnz said:
    Stunning David! Love this -the trees really add something to this shot!

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jill :)
  • marypink said:

    Any hdr - ps group
  • mariab3bx said:
    I didn't understand a thing in your photoshop explanation ;) But I love this picture; moody and dreamy.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria, basically I took three pictures, one for the moon, one for the sky and one for the trees then combined all three so it looked the same as when I saw it with my eyes :)
  • MY LIFE ~ Nelo said:
    Fantastic and beautiful framed through the trees. Excellent shot!

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) It was one of my first forays into layering different exposures to match a scene.