Twilight with Moon by Janice Gill

Turquoise Twilight with Moon

Dusk deepens to dark as craters show on the Moon.

Janice Gill
SNAPSHOTS
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2 min readNov 27, 2023

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I was attracted by the intensity of the colours in this view above the trees in my garden. The Sun had long since set, but it still coloured the scant clouds. The Moon was bright in the sky, with craters visible in the lower left quadrant.

It was one of those moments where there was no time to dash inside the house and grab the kit to nail the shot, so I had to manage with what I’d got with me.

So no tripod, no prime lens with image stabilisation and nothing to lean on to support the camera. Still, it costs nothing to have a go.

Usually, I’d shoot the moon at 1/250 s. This is approaching the longest duration at which the moon won’t appear blurred due to its motion across the sky.

But hand-held with a 300mm lens, I’d need to shoot at 1/300s at the most. Getting enough light was going to be an issue. Ramping up the ISO would cause way too much noise.

In the end, I dialled in some exposure compensation and bracketed three shots. Down on one knee and using the other to support my elbows, I steadied my breathing and took the shot at 1/300s. I took three sets of shots before the light disappeared, leaving the moon in a deep black sky.

The resulting RAW file was passed through the camera RAW filter in Photoshop and hasn’t had any further adjustments. Not bad for a grab shot that had no right working so well.

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Janice Gill
SNAPSHOTS

Award winning Artist and Photographer still learning and evolving. Blogging the journey.