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Grand Canyon Moonrise

Moonrise over the Grand Canyon.

Moonrise over the Grand Canyon.
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Contest Finalist in Into The Moonlight Photo Contest
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13 Comments | Report
JDLifeshots May 03, 2015
Beautiful. Voted, Into the Moonlight.
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RDVPhotography May 06, 2015
Thank you very much
JDLifeshots May 17, 2015
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RDVPhotography May 22, 2015
Thank JD
CWphotos5 May 17, 2015
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RDVPhotography May 22, 2015
Thanks Carol
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GigiJim08 May 25, 2015
Congratulations on your Finalist Award. I love the clouds int his capture!
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RDVPhotography May 26, 2015
Appreciate the comment. The clouds definitely helped this photo.
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nina050 June 04, 2015
Congrats on this!!! Well done!
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RDVPhotography June 10, 2015
Thank you very much Nina
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patrick9x9 June 24, 2015
This is stunning, congrats on being a finalist
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RDVPhotography June 26, 2015
Thank you very much Partrick
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GigiJim08 July 22, 2015
Great capture, voted covers!
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RDVPhotography July 22, 2015
Thanks Jelieta, am trying to get to your page today or tomorrow
Atomck1 August 06, 2015
Nice work! Congrats on being selected as one of ViewBugs 200 favorite images!
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RDVPhotography August 14, 2015
Well that is news to me Tom, where did you see that. I have been away on a cruise, although I should have stayed home considering the ship broke down and only got to 4 of 11 ports. This helps with that pain. Appreciate the heads up. Would appreciate a link or something. Thanks much
KWSetzer September 18, 2015
Wow! Love the moon and clouds and the colorful canyon fading off in the distance.
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RDVPhotography September 18, 2015
Thanks Ken, wanted to catch the full moon coming up over the rim, while it appeared large but clouds got in the way. So had to wait for it to get higher which also meant brighter. Then realized using the cloud to hide part of it which diffused the light.
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GigiJim08 October 14, 2015
Voted light sensitivity!
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RDVPhotography November 18, 2015
Another finalist or win for this would be great, thanks Gigi
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GigiJim08 December 01, 2015
voted nature by night!
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GigiJim08 December 15, 2015
voted getting dark!
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carolcardillo July 29, 2016
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RDVPhotography August 07, 2016
I probably took 12-15 shots trying to get the full moon and this is the best of all. Probably because the moon is partly behind the clouds.

Behind The Lens

This photo was taken along the south rim of the Grand Canyon on August 31, 2012 near Mather Point.
I took this shot at 8:18 PM which was 32 minutes after moonrise and 25 minutes after sunset.
An interesting fact is that this is what we call a "Blue Moon" as 'once in a blue moon'. This was the second full moon of the month, the first one happening on August 2. It was also during Blue Hour, the time when the sun is below the horizon and it is not quite dark and direct light from the sun, daylight, is gone. So I thought it was pretty cool to get a photo of a "Blue Moon" during 'Blue Hour'.
My Canon 5D MkII with EF24-105 f/4 lens was mounted on my Gitzo tripod with a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Ball Head. I had ISO 400 set and used an aperture of f/4.5 for 1 sec.
I knew this was the second full moon of the month, i.e. a Blue Moon and thought it would be cool to capture an image of the "Blue Moon" during 'Blue Hour'. I really appreciated the clouds as they help add depth to the image.
I used Light Room to develop this image. Probably the most useful tools for this was adjusting the shadows, highlights, white clipping (especially for the moon) and black clipping. I did some luminance adjustments with both orange and red also.
In my camera bag
I have two bags and each has a purpose. The bag with my 5DMKII (Full Frame Camera) has my 16-35mm f/2.8, 24-105mm f4.0 and 70-200 f/2.8, mainly for everything except wildlife. Bag with the 50D (APS-C) has 24-70 f/2.8 and 300mm prime is mainly for wildlife. If I am traveling by car I take it all, which was the case for this trip. If traveling overseas only bag one goes unless going for wildlife, for that I take bag one with both cameras and swap 70-200 for 300 prime.
If I had this to do over again I would have done several things different. First I would have used my EF70-200mm f/2.8 lens and opened the lens wide open. I also would have increased the ISO so I could get a faster shutter speed to stop complete movement of the moon. I was at 105mm which was the maximum zoom for the lens I used, so I know I pushed the limits of that lens. I would have been in a much sweeter spot with the 70-200 lens.

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