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Challenge: The Moon (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
Location: Almada, Portugal
Date: Jan 3, 2010
Aperture: f/5,6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 20
Galleries: Cityscape
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2010

First of all, many thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' levyj413, for creating the wonderful tutorial Moon over Jefferson.
Also, ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Insomniac helped me with the crop, it was a very tight one!

It was not very easy to pull it off, because I was short on time and it was the only 2m that the moon appeared in one week (I know, great timing!).

I still plan to redo the picture with more time.

Anyway, it was a 20 second photo. I zoomed at 105mm (oh how I wished I had a 18-200mm...) and focused on the moon, so as to get it on the upper half of the picture. Still it is blown out :( I didn't use a black card though, I just covered the lens with a black cover, and then put the zoom setting at 18mm, and aimed at the bridge (a little guesswork here), and left it on for 10 seconds or so more.
All this in Bulb mode with a cable release.
Then it was just lucky to get it between the arches.

I just wished I had a better view of the bridge, without the branches, but I will do it better next time :-D

I'm guessing for a 6.7 or 6.8 (fingers crossed)

Place: 4 out of 72
Avg (all users): 6.6561
Avg (commenters): 7.2727
Avg (participants): 6.2000
Avg (non-participants): 6.7306
Views since voting: 3125
Views during voting: 561
Votes: 285
Comments: 16
Favorites: 5 (view)

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01/13/2010 01:47:34 PM
PS: A quick math tells me that in order not to blow it at the aperture you were shooting you should be using 1/500. You are just too human for that... ;)
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01/13/2010 06:22:20 AM
Damn! I still can't believe I missed it as one of yours.. :-o

Everyone is so formated to the Golden Gate that even me (an almost certified Lisboeta) didn't even registered this as the Ponte 25 de Abril.

It was my 6th-12th best vote (7*)
Congratulations on wining me on this one. :)
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01/13/2010 03:14:59 AM
One place off a ribbon! Great photo and it deservedly placed high. Well done on your HM.

Abraço e força Portugal. :-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2010 08:18:12 PM
This is quite nice.... I've been to the bridge a few times and its ALWAYS fogged in, this past september I hardly even saw any of it.
More detail in the moon could have come from a slightly faster shutter to cut back on the light, possibly cutting back on the blown-out blended street lights lower right but maintain your obvious high f-stop in order to maintain depth of detail.that shutter speed will darken the rest of the shot but then, selectively lighten the rest of the shot in p.p. This is a really tough shot without having post processing. Good Luck here!
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01/12/2010 11:27:36 AM
One of my favortites in this challenge. Well done!
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01/12/2010 05:53:24 AM
I wish I new all the settings to manage this photo
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01/10/2010 10:01:37 PM
Great citiscape. Love the golden tones. Not voting.
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01/08/2010 06:17:44 AM
Portuguese Moon.

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01/07/2010 10:55:59 PM
Great Job on this, highlights are a tad bright, 8.
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01/07/2010 10:39:18 PM
Interesting contrast between the soft moonlit clouds and the harsh angular urban structures.
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01/07/2010 08:39:22 PM
Real nice composition. Interesting surroundings for the Moon.
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01/07/2010 01:52:36 AM
I think I've here. Mysterious feel.
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01/06/2010 02:50:44 PM
Eerie-very nice work on capturing the clouds.
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01/06/2010 06:25:17 AM
I know this view! :-) Looks like L.A, but it's not. Great perspective and a wonderful capture.
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01/06/2010 04:29:54 AM
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01/06/2010 04:23:55 AM
Best so far!
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