Blue Moon

Did you catch that full moon?  What a beauty :)

I tried something I've never tried before.  A double exposure.  This is when the camera advances to the next "frame" after the second exposure of a scene.  As the moon and the night scene have two widely different exposure readings, how do you get both exposures into a single image?

There are ways.  One way is Photoshop which is the fastest and easiest method.  Take a shot of your scene, properly exposed and a second properly exposed shot of the moon and plop into the sky anywhere you like.  The downside is, your image can look incredibly fake.

I decided to try the second, more old school method.  The Double Exposure.  (The following examples are from separate shots I took before starting the double exposure process and are there to illustrate what each exposure produces.)

My first exposure was f4 @10th of a second.  This rendered my scene with color and some detail - but dark enough to keep the trees branches in silhouette.  As you can see, the moon, being super bright by comparison, is a blob.  (When making this exposure, be extra careful the moon doesn't render at full white (255), or your sensors will be fully saturated and will not record further detail. My exposure kept the moon at a medium gray (190) which allowed me to add details later.)

My second exposure is for the moon.  Normally at f4, the proper exposure for a full moon is 160th, but I had to underexpose the moon to burn in that area - f4 @300th of second.

For the final shot, I admit, I did do a little photoshop work to burn in the crater shadows on the moon . . . .  just a smidgen!  Ain't nothing wrong with enhancement in Photoshop ;)

Little color trick:  I changed my camera white balance mode to a warmer setting (shade) but not so high that it rendered the moon pure white - I shill wanted a slight warmish tint.  This reduced the warmness of the moon and made the blue of the scenery much more enhanced.