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Challenge: Extreme Supermoon (Expert Editing*)
Collection: 2011
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date: Mar 18, 2011
Galleries: Landscape, Nature
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2011

Taken on the butte just below Griffith Observatory, overlooking the city and downtown, thinking the moon would rise near downtown and give me a blue ribbon shot. It rose nowhere near downtown. In fact, nowhere near anything picturesque. I DID capture a decent shot of the moon, and also a really nice cityscape. Then on the way home, we came across these two trees. My sweetie was kind enough to light up the lower trunk with his flashlight (which I later had to dodge because it was too distracting, LOL!)

Although the moon WAS in between the trees, it was very teensy weensy. There was also a huge bush on the right which blocked out most of the right trunk and branches. Since it was almost identical to the left branch, I cloned and flipped it and used it as the right trunk and branches (and it turned out just as I imagined).

It was still missing something, so I added flood filter to get the reflections, which included the moon. After a bunch of banter and some editing corrections at the suggestion of an entire team of consultants, I removed the moon reflection (but left a bit of glow), and ended with the current edit.

Shot at about 1250 ISO, it needed significant noise reduction as well as all the typical adjustments

convert from raw
selected, copied, and inverted left trunk
color balance
flood filter
contrast and brightness
tiny bit of dodging and cloning
save for web

Thanks to a WHOLE BUNCH of people for helping me choose.

Cityscape version outtake:

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[Mar. 21st, 2011 12:13:13 AM]

I always post the first impressions because they're so beautiful.

Votes: 3
Views: 15
Avg Vote: 7.3333
Comments: 1

Hopefully, one day they will stick :-)

[Mar. 21st, 2011 07:58:19 PM]

So of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone and fiddled some more with the image. I think this might have done even better than the one I submitted, but I'll never know:


Place: 13 out of 85
Avg (all users): 6.4128
Avg (commenters): 8.6667
Avg (participants): 6.4400
Avg (non-participants): 6.4016
Views since voting: 3517
Views during voting: 458
Votes: 172
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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03/29/2011 09:40:08 AM
This really is lovely. :D
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03/29/2011 01:02:32 AM
Congrats neighbor! You just keep on rollin' 'em out!
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03/28/2011 02:01:56 AM
Way to go! Excellent placement especially for this challenge.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/27/2011 04:49:24 PM
Beautiful catch of the Super Moon.
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03/27/2011 04:39:51 PM
pleasing image. 7
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03/27/2011 02:22:45 PM
Hmmm... I like this! 8
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03/22/2011 11:54:47 PM
Love this.
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03/22/2011 10:38:23 PM
Clip clip, snip snip and in a few days remains a crescent only! Now we know how these phase work. Splendid
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03/22/2011 08:33:57 PM
Beautiful Blues. I like the effect of the intensified contrast of the moon's lights vs darks. The tree and the waves in the water really make this shot pop.
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03/21/2011 08:32:16 PM
cool colour, cool shot
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03/21/2011 07:16:10 PM
Beautiful image.
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03/21/2011 12:56:44 PM
Beautiful! (not voting)
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03/21/2011 12:12:54 AM
Nicely composed - 10
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