1 month ago
Saturday afternoon… thought today I would share something a little softer, a little more relaxing.
This is another late summer shot from Glen Feshie, with the heather in purple bloom. I had spent the evening looking for some dramatic light and colours in the late evening sunshine - basically your standard landscape photography golden hour type of thing.
But it was the rising of the moon over the Feshie Hills just after sunset that really brought some magic to the place, and I just had to try my best to capture it.
Working with the moon is difficult. It’s tiny, but we are all so familiar with it that we expect to be able to see the detail on the moon’s face. The problem is that it is always so bright, relative to the landscape, that it’s challenging to capture detail in both the moon and the scenery. If you expose the shot for the moon then the land is too dark. If you expose for the land then the moon is overexposed and becomes a useless white scar in the image.
But, image processing has come a long way, and I was able to pull this image out of a very dark original shot and bring it back to something that looked natural.
The other challenge is because the moon is so small you need to use a moderately long zoom in order to make it larger than just a meaningless pinprick in the image. And of course the more you zoom the less light comes in through the lens and the longer the shutter. Since I rarely use tripods for stills photography (I can usually just hold steady enough) it made it extra challenging to shoot a sharp image in the low light but fortunately I was able to pull it off.
Wish I could be in Glen Feshie now but Post Viral Fatigue has me down for the count just now. A bit frustrating when looking through old photos as I’d like nothing more than to go for a run or a long walk with the camera, but hopefully resting well now will help ensure I can do those things for many more years to come.