It’s true, I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of the Moon. She’s a fascinating subject for a photographer, sky-gazer, or nature lover. I tend to be all three. I once more make the mention of my last year’s foray into learning some of the finer details of ‘shooting the moon’. It seemed most of my earlier attempts (before last year) were more poor attempt and less ‘shot’. I found myself ready to change those percentages.
What I learned last year can’t be overstated. Number one lesson: make the time to learn your equipment; see what your camera(s) are capable of, then go out and put it into practice. I say ‘practice’ to remind myself it took time to find what I liked best with the cameras I use. Oftentimes, a photographer has to be quick in getting the right shot. The quickness, the knowing what to press and when to press it (or not) comes from practice and a continual assessment of the photographic outcome.
It took me ‘a minute’ to get to the level of shooting comfort I wanted, but once there I could concentrate on other elements of photography. One of those other elements is ‘composite shots’. It’s a complex way to say ‘blending together one shot with another shot’. It’s easily become a favorite means of creation for me and one where I’m learning a bit more all the time.
That brings us to this particular composite shot, which is one half predawn and one half the dead of night. Not only is this a blending of two different photos done on different days/nights, the clouds over the Port of San Francisco were captured with my trusty phone/camera. The ‘Hunter’s Moon’ addition was one of the many results of a more detailed and lengthy photo shoot with my slightly more serious Nikon.
I am indebted to one of my favorite artists discovered right here on the WP, Eva. She recently reminded me there’s nothing wrong with using one’s imagination to create your version of the world as you see it. Take a look at her incredible creations… she’s someone who seems to know what she’s talking about!
K’lee L. © 2015