Thursday, December 17, 2009

Return to Delicate Arch


Here's one last image of Delicate Arch. In the sky above is the Moon and Jupiter (probably).

When setting up for this shot, I didn't have a lot of light. A long exposure would have exposed more of the foreground, but too long would cause the Moon and Jupiter to become elongated (due to the Earth's rotation). A shorter exposure might have lost Jupiter, but exposed the moon better. It’s a tricky exposure problem capture both the foreground and the bright objects.

In order to get a short shot, I pumped up the ISO on my camera, knowing that noise would be an issue. I really didn't want the noise, but, I couldn't think of another option. I was hoping that I could somehow mitigate the noise at home. In this case I decided to add more noise; I applied a crinkled paper texture to the photo. Sometimes, a little noise is annoying, while more is pleasing (hopefully).

You may note that moon has flares and is overexposed. I believe the flairs are due to the very small aperture is used to capture the scene. Overall, the moon looks more like the Sun than the Moon and lends a surrealistic feel to the image.

Be sure to visit Sky Watch Friday for other views of the sky from around the world.

11 comments:

itsnotjustapicture said...

lovely capture russ.
the color of the sky is fab.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic shot, Russ! Breathtaking colors. Love the moon!!

Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Photo Cache said...

Another winner.

Guy D said...

Outstanding shot Russ, I love this pic.

All the best :)
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Gaelyn said...

It looks like you're on another planet Russ. Interesting effect.

Al said...

Stunning. It looks like a painting. Great job!

kaye said...

It turned out perfect, I'd love this to hang in my house.

eileeninmd said...

It is an awesome photo! Arches nat'l park is a wonderful place, I loved it there.

Great photo, Well done!

Shannara said...

You have got a lot of very nice photos in here. This pic for example is just perfect.

Wish I had the time and the camera to do better than I do. (but I'm alone with six kids and I only have an ordinary Canon Digital Ixus so what can one expect)

At least I got the passion! ;)

Have a nice holiday!

T and S said...

Beautiful image. Happy new year to you...Thomas

Álvaro said...

Fantastic!!! I become one of your followers. I´ll visit you again.
Greetings from Spain.