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Gr8 ImageMaker

Location: Sedona AZ US
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· Date: Sun 1-November-2009 · Views: 1356 · Filesize: 98.0KB, 466.8KB · Dimensions: 598 x 900 ·
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Keywords: Sedona Southwest Fine Art
Camera: D3
Lens and Filters: 400mm AF-S 1:2.8 NIKKOR 24-70mm NIKKOR AF-S 1:2.8.
Film and/or ISO: Lexar 8-GB 300x UDMA ISO:100
Location: Sedona, Arizona
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Additional Categories: Contest November 2009 - CLOSED, Astrophotography, Landscape Photography
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Gr8 ImageMaker

Location: Sedona AZ US
Thu 05-November-2009 02:39

My first attempt at layers in Photoshop. Edges are a Challenge!
Moon was shot straight up to reduce atmospheric dust / ice crystals!
AF-S NIKKOR ED 400mm 1:2.8 D
FYI: Moon should be shot 1-2 days before/after Full-Moon to get
Better Cross Lighting (more detail in creators from shadows).
Moon Light Exposure F-11 1/125-250 sec. 100-ISO.
Same as a Bright Sunny Earth Light Day!
Interesting information; Large Crater in lower right is called Tycho named after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe.
Diameter 85 km/52 miles; Depth 4.8 km/2.98 miles
The crater is sharply defined, unlike older craters that have been degraded by subsequent impacts.
The interior has a high albedo that is prominent when the Sun is overhead,
and the crater is surrounded by a distinctive ray system forming long spokes that reach as long as 1,500 kilometers/932 miles.
Sections of these rays can be observed even when Tycho is illuminated only by Earth-Light (sunlight reflected off the Earth).
Foreground; Early Morning Sunrise at a less know Sedona Red Rock formation. 20 minute hike to one of my favorite morning locations !
AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm 1:2.8 ED
Smiles-Thank You for Viewing!
Gr8 ImageMaker

Location: Sedona AZ US
Sun 15-November-2009 01:42

Shooting the Moon.
I’ve been shooting the moon for 25 years! My first attempt I rented a long lens
Remember it as 600mm drove out of the city. Shot transparency's made many mistakes!
Let me share what I've learned or what work's for me!!!
The best time of the year is the shortest day; Because Moon is highest in the night sky & it is also the darkest.
Shoot straight up to reduce atmospheric dust / ice crystals!
This year Moon will be closer than in recent years 10-12% this is called "Perigee"
This year shoot Dec. 29-30th. also a Blue Moon! This one was shoot at Mid-Night Dec.24 2007! Where's Santa?
Use Tripod with Mirror-up Cable-release or Timer at F-11 1/180 sec. will try F-4 at 1/1500 sec. this year. 100-ISO
Hope there is no cloud cover like last year!!!
Looking forward to see what other Nikonian’s Capture!

Location: Bonita Springs FL US
Posts: 7
Sun 27-December-2009 09:57 Rating: 10 

Great photo here, and I really like the way you explained the process.
Gr8 ImageMaker

Location: Sedona AZ US
Mon 28-December-2009 10:41

Reminder Nikon friends; 29-30th best day of year for a moon shoot!!!
Northern hemisphere!! looks like cloud cover for me again this year ; )