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Blue Moon

I know, the moon is not really blue. Further explanation will follow:

This is an experiment with the photomatix software.
This image is a composite of three exposures (normal, plus 2 stops and minus 2 stops). The software creates a high dynamic range (HDR) image of 32 bits.
Of course, it is impossible to display 32 bit images on a computer monitor, so the software will also produce a tone mapped image, which is what you see here.
The technique does allow more details to come out in areas that would otherwise be too dark or too light from a single exposure.
I had to retouch the moon, because it moved quite a bit over the time of the three exposures.

The "blue moon" is the rare (but arbitrary) occurance of a second full moon in the same calendar month. The phrase is over 400 years old, and the origin of the term is lost to antiquity. May 31, 2007 was a "blue moon" day. This is the full moon rising over a small lake near my home.

A happy blue moon to all my FC friends!

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  • steffen s... 08/19/2007 14:02

    nice coloure mood
  • Dragomir Vukovic 06/22/2007 6:16

    magic
  • Alfred Spectrum 06/06/2007 4:26

    I heard it on the radio, but missed te details. Thanks for the explanation on both subjects. The HDR came out nice, it seems you even caught a star!
    Alfred.
  • Allan Thompson 06/04/2007 1:04

    Great experiment that works well!!!
  • Sarah D. Kiefer 06/02/2007 9:43

    oh these colors are aaaaamazing!! just as tamara said, however ya got the effect, it packs a punch!! off the charts excellent impact, mark...love it!
  • Loula Echivere 06/01/2007 15:31

    A Perfect Blue Moon indeed!

    ;) Loula
  • Tamara Trejo 06/01/2007 9:51

    WOW!!! Beautiful. Don't care how you did it. It's has great impact. Happy blue moon. TT
  • Andrew Le Busque(vizard photography..) 06/01/2007 8:41

    The image is good! i just appreciate how much work you seem to have put into it well done. Not sure if i could do it myself.



    Cheers
    Andy

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