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This old world must still be spinning 'round
This old world must still be spinning 'round

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Challenge: Time II (Advanced Editing V)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
Location: Madison, WI
Date: Mar 11, 2007
Aperture: f 8.0
ISO: 500
Shutter: .6 seconds
Galleries: Cityscape, Astrophotography
Date Uploaded: Mar 11, 2007

Went out to shoot the rising moon last night, not knowing about this challenge until today. This is not the best shot because the darkness of the sky (shot at 1:20 am standard, 2:20 DST). Such shots are much better at full moon when the moon rises at sunset with the sky still painted a deep twilight blue.

Anyway, saw the challenge and decided to shoehorn yet another entry into a challenge where it doesn't really fit.

Shot RAW, processed into two exposures, one stop under, one stop over. Combined in photoshop to maximize the illumination of the city, while not blowing out the moon or the capitol dome. Various other adjustment layers (curves, levels, hue/sat) to tweak overall appearance. Standard USM and a slight oversharpen to enhance contrast.

I'm worried that this is going to look very dark on some monitors. Too bad about the meager 640 pix rule too.

Title from the James Taylor song, "You can close your eyes:"

Well the sun is surely sinking down
But the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning round
And I still love you

So close your eyes
You can close your eyes, its all right
I dont know no love songs
And I cant sing the blues anymore
But I can sing this song
And you can sing this song
When Im gone

It wont be long before another day
We gonna have a good time
And no ones gonna take that time away
You can stay as long as you like

Place: 61 out of 170
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/16/2007 02:54:15 AM
Beautiful picture. It does not make me think of time however.
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03/16/2007 01:37:06 AM
i really like this picture - especially the cheesey moon, the red light, and the blue beams - and how they all balance each other out. well done!
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03/13/2007 10:16:12 PM
Woah - this is a real trip - and I see it has been validated. You must have done a very long exposure on this? Very interesting. Moon really does look like a wedge of cheese :-) Quite impressed with your technique here.
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03/12/2007 02:14:39 PM
Beautiful night shot. I've never seen the moon look so big relative to the earthly surroundings.
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03/12/2007 01:41:24 PM
Jeffrey??? This is AWESOME!!!
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03/12/2007 11:16:10 AM
Very interesting!
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