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Cathedral Rock Moonset by DrewHopper Cathedral Rock Moonset by DrewHopper
The presence of weak dawn sunlight from the top of Cathedral Rock as the full moon set in the west over the township of Armidale. The duration of the twilight period between dawn and sunrise varies greatly depending on the latitude, so from this latitude I furnished with this gorgeous light which gave me plenty of time to scope out a composition before the sunrise light burst into the sky!

Note: The moon is a composite at 70mm and the landscape at 17mm. Shooting landscapes with the moon in frame is tricky because the moon only looks like a tiny spec in the sky, so compositing a shot at 70mm I was able to capture a more accurate scale of the moon with the landscape. I'm thinking of making the moon slightly smaller though, probably a 50mm composite instead of 70mm.

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fishofglass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
cool!
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ssive Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
nice
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za4em9 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I noticed that something is amiss with the moon: that low on the horizon it should be more orange, because of all the atmosphere. Also, it seems to stand out too much, its edges are unnaturally sharp. But I love the Venus' Belt in the sky, really nice capture of colors there.
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j0s2m21 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I like it, and agree, the moon looks slightly too large, but still looks fantastic :-)
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Bojkovski Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
great work
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inner-light Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely composition and result ! :clap:
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tablelander Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm interested--how pray tell do you get the moon smaller or larger as you've said by cropping the photo or what--coming from a learner ---still
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Photographer
Sweet indeed! Nice catch. 70mm on full frame. 50mm on crop sensors. Not sure what cam you're on but could be believable. Nice blend :)
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
70mm with the 70-200 2.8L on the Canon 5DMKII ;)
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
that's the one. boom :)
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arualcat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
So wonderful :D
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Alfazil Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
Beautiful Shot
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Pepper779 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
stunning !!
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a-Arietis Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
That would've been amazing! Full moon! Werewolfs! =P
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Love the atmosphere the moon creates.
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Sol15Cullen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
So beautiful...
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psychsg Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
oh this is beautiful and you managed to get a shot of the moon so clear. wonderful pic <3
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MoonPriestessLaguz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa, what a huge moon!
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I love the sky in this. The moon with the nice detail really completes the scene. I'm loving this series Drew.
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generallaserfist Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The purples, greens and blue are so breathtaking.
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Author-Bat-Pegasus Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa! Where do you take pictures like this?
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, you dropped this moon in didnt you? It's about 4 times the size it would be...
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and now I see your comment below. You should probably state that in the description
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The way you've brought the detail back in the moon is not good. I would do it in a much more subtle way if you want it to look realistic at all. Otherwise this is lovely.

Alex
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
you put a moon in it
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
No the moon was always there. This is a composite at 70mm for the moon, that is what our eyes see but through a wide angle it looks like a spec in the distance :P
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da-phil Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that's what lik said :P
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
I think you can believe me over Lik :)
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da-phil Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
for now ;)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, exactly!
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lol i was joking....remember the moon guy we met at ebor?
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
How could I forget a name like that Owen Wilson, man he had the life hey!! We need to catch up and get out to those dishes out west bro!!
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Cameron-Jung Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i got holidays to take. make it sooner rather than later. ill even be boring and drive so you dont have to cling to the back of a dirtbike ;)
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donnymurph Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great stuff Drew! I love the way you've balanced the moon against the light of the dawn so it's not just a blown out white disc in the sky.

What's the fringe around the rock though? Is that just because of the reduction in quality from uploading on the net?
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
That's my fault and lack of sleep. I'll have to go back and touch it up tomorrow. Thanks for pointing that out :)
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SunnySpring Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
what a magical shot! :D
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