Black Horse Road, Walthamstow
Last week had clear skies and so I decided to capture the Worm Moon from Thursday, 17th to Saturday, 19th March. This project involved the capture, composition and planning work to get the moon in as many interesting shots as possible. The moon’s rise and setting time was obtained by using a search engine to gather the data and observations of where it rose and set.
The first task was to capture the moon. I pointed the camera and captured several shots of the moon as raw images in the camera. All the images were digitally manipulated using software on a computer. The above image of the moon is an HDR image. Three images of the moon was captured at different exposure values and merged into one image to produce the colour image above. The white balance was set for sunshine for all of the images captured.
Composition of images with the moon being the subject is what is shown above. The capture of the moon by itself shows the technical expertise that you have utilized in the use of your camera to get that perfect shot. It also shows that you know how to use the software for the manipulation of images. Composition of images shows your creativity when capturing an image.
The above images capture two different events. The first event is observing the flow of the moon when it is setting. This is the start of the planning process to decide what you want included in the images of the moon. The second event is sunrise. DO NOT look into the SUN! Use a camera with an electronic view finder (EVF). Look behind you. Always be aware of what is going on in your surroundings. Ensure that you have enough capacity to capture other events which might be used for presentation. However, you must give priority to the main project you wanted to capture.
For the above images the moon was so bright that it came out as a white circle. One image was captured for the background and another for the exposure of the moon and image manipulation software was used to merge the images. This is the result of the planning work. You know where the moon will be and you capture the moon in its surroundings.
For the above images the daylight was strong so the moon was bleached out. One image was taken and duplicated and exposed at different values using image manipulation software.
Pick a subject. Capture, compose and plan what to do with it.