Saturday, December 4

Point of View

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Shooting for the moon isn’t as difficult as it might seem. On a recent trip to the Gulf Coast, I noticed a beautiful moonset and the reflection it cast across the ocean.

As the moon dropped lower in the sky, nearing the horizon, the color appeared more and more orange. The sun reflecting upon the moon’s surface seemed quite a bit brighter than the reflection.

To properly expose both the moon and the reflection, I knew I would need a separate exposure for each. I chose to shoot with manual settings for the ISO, shutter speed and f-stop with a tripod and remote release to help prevent any camera shake.

The first exposure of the moon was as described below at f11 at 1/30th of a second. The second exposure for the reflection was f11 at 2 seconds. Using Adobe Photo-shop, I combined the two exposures into one image.

As I watched for another 10 minutes, the moon appeared to fall faster and faster. The light quickly disappeared below the horizon with the moon, leaving me with the sound of waves breaking on the beach and a darkening night sky filled with sparkling stars.

“Waxing Crescent Moon” by Robin Conover Canon 5D Mark IV EF 28-300mm at 300mm, 3.5–5.6 L lens ISO 100, f 11 at 1/30th sec., Gitzo tripod


About Author

Robin Conover has spent the last 33 years documenting the people and places of Tennessee with The Tennessee Magazine. After graduating from Murray State University, Robin began working for magazine in October 1988 as a communications specialist and photojournalist. She now serves as TECA vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. Her interest in preserving the environment and Tennessee’s beautiful natural areas has led her down many miles of trails to capture thousands of images. Robin is currently a board member of the Friends of Radnor Lake, a nonprofit in Nashville. Robin’s images can be seen in greeting cards, calendars, books and at a few fine-art shows she participates in each year.

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