Moonset Over Pikes Peak — Redux

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In this post (LINK) from 2011, I documented a moonset I observed and photographed while on my way to work. The post erroneously mentions the date as June 18, but it was actually June 16th. What makes it unique is that it was over Pikes Peak and it shows the moment when the Moon ‘touches’ the mountain before dropping behind it.

I didn’t post many photos in that post because that was at a time when I was still relying on people going to SmugMug as the best way to enjoy the photos (ah, those were simpler and innocent times).

In fact, the SmugMug gallery linked above is the gallery with the photos as originally processed, and I added the following photos to it.

Why am I revisiting this event?

Because I had the idea of going back to the original photos and using Topaz DeNoise followed by Topaz Sharpen AI and output something closer to what my eyes witnessed; a more detailed Moon than what I was able to process ten years ago. Ain’t technology wonderful?

Anyway, here’s a gallery of the relevant photos (there were more, but these will suffice). note that I also adjusted the white balance to show the moon as most of us perceive it. You can see the original processing in that same SmugMug gallery.


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