Last night in St. Louis, we had one of the nicest full moons we've had in a while. Naturally, I had to try and get a picture of this.
One of the most appealing things about the moon was the fact that we had some light cloud cover, so the moon was shining through the clouds. I thought, "Hey, I'll just run out and grab this shot real quick!"
As it turns out, this was one of the hardest shots I've taken.
I could easily get a shot of the clouds, but then the moon was a completely blown out white ball with no detail in it. I could also get a properly exposed moon, but then the sky was totally black. Obviously, the solution was to combine the two. So, the shot you see above is actually two pictures that I layered. As I am just learning GIMP (and photo editing in general), I'm quite certain I was doing this the hardest way possible. I couldn't create a transparency mask automatically for some reason, so I hand drew one. This took quite a bit of time. Additionally, since I was hoping for the "quick" shot, I hand-held everything which meant blurry images and high equivalent ISO settings.
Still, I decided to post the shot since:
- It took me HOURS to create. Thus, no time to write a "normal" post.
- I learned a lot in the process and when I get a chance to retake this shot, I'll have something to compare to!
- It's better than any other moon shot I've taken!
- I ended up calling in to work "un-interested" just so I could finish editing this. It would have been a shame to have nothing to show for a day of vacation.
Here are my opportunities for improvement on the next go-around:
- Be patient and use a tripod! This would reduce both blur and noise.
- Get the proper adaptors and use my telescope as the lense for the SLR.
- Edit the shot on a weekend, so the post is up on time and I don't end up taking vacation to finish it.
Have a nice weekend!