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Moon Tree



A full moon over the meadow in Longwood Gardens and one interesting old tree.

A full moon over the meadow in Longwood Gardens and one interesting old tree.
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6 Comments | Report
Remraf
 
Remraf June 06, 2015
Great shot!
chuckrickman
 
chuckrickman June 06, 2015
Congratulations on being featured.
kanizkhan
 
kanizkhan June 13, 2015
Wow, what a good shot of lights.
bartwebb
 
bartwebb June 17, 2015
Cool pic!!!!and what an awesome tree!!
debbiecrowe
 
debbiecrowe August 17, 2015
Wonderful shot!
rogercampeau PRO+
 
rogercampeau September 16, 2015
Awesome photo !!!!! :)

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken in the meadows at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA.
Time
There was a full moon the night when this photo was taken around 8:30pm. And it was in December so the cool night was very clear and calm.
Lighting
The huge tree standing out in the meadow was very impressive and I wanted to capture it's size along with it's shadow casting over the landscape. I played around with my flashlight positioning to try and line up with the moon light coming through the branches so that it almost looked like everything was connected from the sky to the ground.
Equipment
Nikon D600, Tokina 16-28mm lens, Vanguard 264AB-100 tripod, Nikon ML wireless remote and a flashlight.
Inspiration
I had been out in this meadow and seen this tree in other seasons and different times of the day. I always wanted to get a shot of the tree bare of leaves and at night to get a spooky look. I snapped a few photos of the tree with the moonlight by it self, and then decided to put myself in the frame with the tree to show it's size. Then I figured I'll try to use my flashlight to match the moonlight in the tree and after a few takes it worked out pretty well.
Editing
I mostly use Lightroom for all of my post processing of RAW files. My tweaks on this photo were lens calibration, adjusting the white balance a bit to bring down the orange light pollution colors on the horizon, sharpening and some tonal adjustments.
In my camera bag
I always have my Nikon D750 and D600, a Nikkor 24-85mm 3.5, a Nikkor 24-120mm and a Tokina 16-28mm. A few ND filters from 1 to 9 stops, UV and polarizer filters. Wired and wireless remotes, lens cloth, flashlights of different color temps, extra batteries, extra SD cards and a charger with a car adapter.
Feedback
Scout out your location in the daylight. It's not so easy to figure out your shots in the dark, even with moonlight. Experiment with different framing and angles. You've invested your time to shoot, why not shoot as much as you can to try things out. Be willing to hike away from the crowds depending on where you are shooting. If it's a nice location there will probably be other folks looking to get their own captures.

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