Not what ya thought is it?
This was a good lesson for me in exposure. The dim city lights below a waning gibbous moon. The f/stop range was above 5. Well beyond what could be captured by my camera’s sensor.
Another way to put it, the moon was freaking bright and the city lights super dim. A challenging situation in exposure. But, a good exposure can be achieved.
Most cameras today have an ADR setting: Automatic Dynamic Range. However, through experience, I have been disappointed with the results. The photo always seemed to be lacking contrast and a bit under-saturated.
But I think the best way is to use a Graduated Neutral Density filter. One that will get the moon and the city lights within a reasonable dynamic range. Get your exposure
And what would the one filter that I would be lacking? Yep.
So what you see is the result of a little bit of Photoshop magic:
1. Pre-burning and pre-dodging
2. An exposure layer
3. Erasing some of the unneccessary exposure layer
4. A curves layer.
Not what I wanted, and a minor failure.
But definitely a lesson in extreme exposure differences.
Truthfully, I’m just not happy with the end result.
Now where’s the nearest camera store?