Under a full moon





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28 Comments | Report
ThompsonsPhotography September 08, 2013
Such a cool shot and great use of lighting :)
xXMartinXx September 15, 2013
Another masterpiece, keep up the great work.
AlanJakarta October 26, 2013
Wonderful image. Congratulations.
drakkardarkblade October 26, 2013
congrats, fantastic, please check out my works
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rmr731 October 26, 2013
Great shot! Congrats on being Featured!
djensen October 26, 2013
Fantastic shot, congrats on the feature!
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charlesray October 26, 2013
Very impressive.
catini October 26, 2013
Nicely framed, congrats on your feature!
toxictabasco October 26, 2013
Great night photo.
Thimbee October 26, 2013
Nicely done! Congrats
patrick9x9 October 26, 2013
Wonderful shot, congrats
iceman2 October 26, 2013
Excellent capture.Welcome to VB!
WileKyK October 26, 2013
Beautiful shot! Congratulations!
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debhall October 26, 2013
Gorgeous Shot! Congrats on your feature!
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redwriter October 26, 2013
Great night shot. Congrats. - Jake
BirdyBug October 26, 2013
sweetpea72 October 26, 2013
Congrats... Awesome shot ! :)
JDJohnson October 27, 2013
Excellent photo... congrats
danielmartin October 29, 2013
very well balanced ambiant light and flash ratio! Bravo
jleiweke October 29, 2013
robogow November 02, 2013
Great picture!
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smshaffer December 08, 2014
Great shot
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gondmagdi December 22, 2014
great composition !
Nikonover January 17, 2015
WOW brilliant shot,love the framing,beautiful colours and the framing,plus excellent lighting.
Dunner March 06, 2015
Terrific image. Interesting and cool pic.
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DebbieKMiller81 March 13, 2015
Very nicely composed. Very creative as well by using the tree in the foreground.
asia_krasuska May 20, 2016
Great photo - love how the tree is lit up and the marina in the background - amazing photo, congratulation!
benmonda May 16, 2022
Dude this is rad
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Behind The Lens

I took this photo at the Grand Lido Resort in Negril, Jamaica
It was about 9pm
There was light on the trees from the bar at the resort behind me and a full moon in a cloudy sky which gave a nice diffuse light
Canon 5DM2 Canon 24-105 f/4.0 30 sec at f/16 Velbon tripod and a Really Right Stuff BH-40 ball head
I had been shooting around the resort all day and I wanted to do shoot something different, with the full moon, clouds and all the light at the resort I knew there would be no stars or star trails so I walked around until I saw this framed up before me.
I removed some of the artificts in the water and adjusted the contrast with curves. I also enhanced the color selectively with Nik Color Efex Pro
In my camera bag
I always have a tripod with me and pretty much what is standard now is the Canon 5DM3 and 1DMIV, and Canon's 16-35 f/2.8, 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8, 100mm f/2.8 macro, the incomparable 65mm MPE 1X-5X macro and often the 500mm f/4.0. I also always have a set of polarizers for each lens diameter and the 10 stop and 15 stop Mor Slo Singh Ray ND filters.
Night exposures like this require the use of long shutter speeds so you want to use a nice heavy tripod and a shutter release, you should also be able to adjust your camera's settings by touch since using a flashlight will mess up your night vision (and irritate anyone else shooting next to you). Make sure you have a good foreground interest as well as the reflections in the water and the night sky. Scout out your spots during the day, when you shoot at night even on a resort that is well lit you can't always see your surroundings well. Looking during the day lets you see what good elements you can add to the image and what to avoid, and where or not to go. Something that draws the eye in is always important, and a shot of just the moon or the Milky Way doesn't keep the viewer engaged. Don't forget to enjoy the night and the place you are in as well, it's always nice to close your eyes after looking at the image a few years down the line and remember not only the beauty of the place but also the feel of those warm breezes and the gentle lap of the ocean on the shore.

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