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Lunar Eclipse take 2

Posted by SteveShuey on Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:38 am

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Still messing around trying to learn layers, stacking, masks, etc. This one is closer to what I am after. I wanted to show that the eclipse started while it was dark and ended when it had gotten quite a bit lighter outside. I think this does that. Unfortunately, while the moon was in deepest shadow, it went into a bank of marine layer haze and disappeared. As last one, each shot is 10 mins apart, all at iso 200 and varying shutter speeds. I layered all the dark images together (first 8 moons from top to bottom), then layered that image onto the last moon (which was quite lighter, and used a gradient mask spanning the whole photo from top to bottom to make the top portion dark and the bottom portion lighter. I am sure I did this the hard way but as mentioned before, I've never tried this and am fumbling through various books to learn this (I am not a great book learner,need actual demonstrations to really get it). Fun to try though. Taken at Windnsea beach in La Jolla California with a Canon 5DII, 24-105 lens at about 50 mm. Any thoughts are appreciated.
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by kahkityoong on Thu Dec 15, 2011 3:38 pm
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Well put together. The balance of lighting works well between sky and foreground.

by john on Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:46 am
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I need to try this. Looks good to me.

by Paul Klenck on Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:29 pm
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Your efforts sure paid off! The light gradient in subtle and very effect. The color on the bottom is much improved, too.
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by Kyle McDougall on Mon Dec 19, 2011 1:17 pm
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Really well executed. You've handled the processing of this image perfectly!
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by E.J. Peiker on Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:09 pm
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Absolutely love it. Duplicating the layer and using s Screen blend would make it even better.

by SteveShuey on Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:45 pm
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Thanks for the comments. E.J. what is an s screen blend? AS mentioned I have never done this before. Never heard of an s screen blend.
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