Moon Reflections

Last month, on a clear night, next to a gently lapping lake, the moon offered up a visual treat as it danced on the uneven water surface. 

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I had a particular version of this image in mind . . . I wanted the details of the moon to show up in the reflected image. 

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Alas, that’s about as close as I got. I kept playing with the focus and depth of field but the above shot is the best I could do. 

Mind you, (to me) these images are still interesting. 

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Here’s a photo of the moon processed to simulate Ilford 50 film . . . 

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I was playing with various settings, as I said, and even enlisted the aid of the P7000 and the P200, but all to no avail. For the record, these are all from the P900.

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There just wasn’t enough detail in the reflected image to recognize lunar features.

So, then, I decided to shoot the moon through some branches . . . 

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As you can see, not much as far as branches. I successfully either captured the moon (above) or the branches . . . 

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The chances of getting a decent reflection were dismal so I decided I would cheat . . . First, I snapped a couple of more photos of the moon . . . 

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And I then used the PanosFx Reflections (free) action

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Better . . . but I now had the idea of the moon through the branches  . . . except I had no ready shot of branches I could use.

. . . but I did have a shot from the Place of Refuge I could combine with a shot of the moon and reflect using the PanosFX action . . . 

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If I stare at that long enough, it will become an implanted memory and years from now I will swear I actually took that photo. Which, technically, is true.

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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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7 Responses to Moon Reflections

  1. oneowner says:

    I’d be happy if I took any one of these shots. Nice work.

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you. I’m now wondering if it’s just impossible to get a photo of the moon reflected on the water and showing enough detail to recognize the geographical features.

      It also (probably) has to do with the angle. That was a pretty shallow angle. I have some ideas of trying it with a mirror in the yard.

      . . . I just need to find a mirror with ripples. From a funhouse that’s closing, perhaps.

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  2. AnnMarie says:

    What a wonderful progression of ideas from shooting the moon and its reflection on the lake, to getting creative with the branch and finally the palm trees. Seems your Photo Muse has been busy scouting around and providing inspiration . . .

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks, Ann.

      While the photo muse seems to always hang around, the writing muse appears to still be surfing in one of Hawaii’s north shores bays. I’m hoping it decides to catch up with me soon.

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  3. Mario Pineda says:

    I really like your systematic trial and error process leading to the thinking out of the box when all else fails.

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  4. Your moon photos and your reflection photos are always stunning…so these photos you shared here are THE bestest! Wow! As I stare at them, I feel captured and drawn in!
    Your way thinking, artistic eye, and ability to create is wonderful, too!
    I’ve always felt akin to the moon, and I take night walks to gaze at it. Time well spent for me. It is stress relieving, centering, joy-bringing…like your moon photos.
    Thank you, Emilio!
    (((HUGS))) to you and Melisa!

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