Lunar Eclipse and Memorial Church, Stanford, CA

Posted by Vaibhav (Stanford, United States) on 31 December 2010 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Welcome to 2011!!
Wish You All a Very Happy New Year!

The last image I post here this year is a composite of 5 images which I made last week on the occasion of total Lunar Eclipse. The sky was partly cloudy and after the total eclipse, it became mostly cloudy, not allowing me any photo of the moon either in the total eclipsed state or coming out of the eclipse.

When I planned for the images of the eclipsing moon, I wanted to find something on the earth to match with the mystical (not so in the modern age) phenomenon. Since the weather was not cooperative, I didn't want to go too far and decided upon shooting from my University's Oval. The lit church in the night provided the 'Earth Bound' structure. I walked couple of hundred yards from the church before taking the base picture at the same zoom as the moon so that the perspective remains the same throughout the composite image.

In post processing, I combined the 4 eclipse images with the image of the church using layer masks in Photoshop.

Nikon D700
3/5 seconds
ISO 400
420 mm (35mm equiv.)


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