slides: James Clayton Sattel’s RI Summer: Moon Over Aquidneck
Saturday, August 04, 2012
With a big summer moon up in the sky this weekend, Jim chose a selection of his favorite lunar shots on the island. "Photographing the moon is a real challenge," he said. "Initially I would completely open the aperture, set an ISO of 300 and set a shutter speed of say 1 sec... and my results were simply awful. I'd get a big white disk and a washed-out backround. As I experimented, I began to decrease the shutter speed say to 125 and set the aperture to f16 or so. The result of those settings gave me good definition, texture, and color. Next, I wanted to catch the moon within 15 minutes of moon-rise and create a composition that included the moon and an interesting back-drop. You really want to plan your best angle and shoot from lighthouses, the bridges, coves, etc., which provide a good opportunity to take some unique shots.
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Mt. Hope Bridge
This was a morning, moon-set shot. There is some nice color from the rising sun. The height of the bridge allowed me to juxtapose the moon with the bridge, otherwise, there is so much distance between the moon and the bay that it would make the composition rule of 3's impossible.
This otherwordly scene was in the dark of night in the harbor. I think the moon's halo adds a whole spooky dimenion to those dark masts.
We get that interesting ring around the moon thanks to thin clouds of crystals high in the Earth's atmosphere. When the light passes through them, it's bent in a way similar to a light passing through a lens.
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